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El Mago de las Fritas

El Mago de las Fritas

Cuban Restaurant$$$$
West Miami
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    Has a stamp of approval from Eater and Miami New Times
    • Eater
    • Miami New Times
  • Tips
    Esther V.
    "The best Cuban frita and a tasty pan con bistec."(6 Tips)
    Juan Manuel B.
    "fritas a caballo are awesome."(3 Tips)
    Travel Channel
    "Cuban hamburger at El Mago de las Fritas."(3 Tips)
    "The Daily Meal's 101 Best Burgers in America: #91 Frita Traditional"(2 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon50 Tips and reviews
  • burgers
  • pan con bistec
  • Cuban food
  • caballo
  • authentic
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  • Bianca P.heart icon on user image
    Bianca PadillaAugust 26, 2014
    MUST HAVE: Pan con bistec. Fritas are by far the best in Miami - & probably Cuba for that matter, have it with a fried egg on top. El Mago and his daughter Martica will always make at home, ask Obama!
  • Sebastian P.heart icon on user image
    Sebastian PiottNovember 6, 2016
    Go there and have a great time with fantastic food and great service! The Fritas are perfect and the home-made sauces are fantastic.
  • Bianca P.heart icon on user image
    Bianca PadillaJune 15, 2015
    Everything is PERFECT! Favorites are the Pan con Bistec, Frita with Cheese and a Fried Egg, Flan, and their Mango Shake!!!! Daily specials are a must. They range from Garbonzos to Chicharones.
  • Carlos A.
    Carlos ASeptember 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Do yourself a favor. Get any of the Frita variations (they're all great) and a batido de Mamey. If you fancy a pan con bistec then indulge yourself. Chicharrones on Saturdays. Thank me later!!
  • Juan Manuel B.heart icon on user image
    Juan Manuel BerrosJanuary 29, 2016
    fritas a caballo are awesome. try the levanta muertos wheat+coffee smoothie. also the guanabana one. croquetas are creamy on the inside and crispy on the outside. 10/10.
  • Alina F.heart icon on user image
    Alina FreyreJanuary 26, 2013
    When you go to this Gem, you have to let Martha and Barry tell you the story of how this place came to be. Loved every minute I was there and every piece of food I ate! Frita, chicharones, ajiaco, etc
  • Adelino N.heart icon on user image
    Adelino NakanoMarch 28, 2016
    Cosy, familiar attention and El Mago normally is in. Traditional Cuban way of making burgers and became very famous. Worth a try, at least will be an experience.
  • Zachary Z.heart icon on user image
    Zachary ZalneraitisJuly 17, 2016
    Definitely go with the fritas (Cuban burger), and consider the double with an egg on top! The flan is delicious and made in house by Mago.
  • Gables Mavenheart icon on user image
    Gables MavenSeptember 3, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Maria's cortadito to close out your lunch is THE absolute troof. It's made with leche evaporada and a whole lotta love.
  • Esther V.heart icon on user image
    Esther VillaJuly 7, 2017
    The best Cuban frita and a tasty pan con bistec. Don't forget to ask for "el Mago's string fries. They are the best. Nothing frozen.
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelApril 1, 2013
    This cultural landmark opened in 1984. Host of Travel Channel’s Burger Land, George Motz, enjoys a frita which is a Cuban hamburger at El Mago de las Fritas.
  • Jose C.
    Jose CaballeroFebruary 10, 2014
    Make sure to check out all the cool items framed on the wall. Notice the Pres is drinking a Materva--elixir of the gods!
  • Tobias K.heart icon on user image
    Tobias KnappJuly 2, 2016
    Fritas and Steak Sandwich are both delicious! I don't usually am too excited about food places but this is a must-go. Seriously.
  • Miami New Times
    Miami New TimesNovember 21, 2014
    The white clad cook, who closely guards his recipes, fries up an angry vat of chicharrones for the lucky few each week. Read more
  • Kenheart icon on user image
    KenMarch 13, 2015
    Everything rocked. Burger, iron beer (cream soda), and flan. Seriously, don't overlook the flan
  • Zina A.
    Zina AlamAugust 3, 2016
    Frita Cubana, $3.50/ only-in-Miami foods,Cuban hamburger with matchstick potatoes and secret sauce.
  • Miami New Times
    Miami New TimesJuly 15, 2013
    At El Mago de las Fritas, the polemic Cuban hamburger is $3.50, both delicious and affordable.
  • Gables Mavenheart icon on user image
    Gables MavenFebruary 23, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Frita con queso and a pan con bistec is the way to go. If it's saturday, start with some chicharrones. Los batidos (shakes) are solid too.
  • Esther V.heart icon on user image
    Esther VillaJuly 7, 2017
    Very nice family place. El Mago is a pride to the Cubans!
  • Carolina J.heart icon on user image
    Carolina JSeptember 18, 2021
    Any of their Fritas and batidos. Amazing service and vibe
  • Susana T.heart icon on user image
    Susana TruebaApril 7, 2017
    The Original Frita and the Mamey Shake were delicious!
  • Susana T.heart icon on user image
    Susana TruebaSeptember 6, 2018
    The fritas are authentic and mamey shake is great!
  • Marc
    MarcOctober 13, 2020
    The Daily Meal's 101 Best Burgers in America: #91 Frita Traditional
  • Gables Mavenheart icon on user image
    Gables MavenJuly 2, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Frita Con Queso A Caballo. Dale, Que Tu Puedes. El Mago Is The Best And Most Consistent Frita In Town.
  • Obadiah P.
    Obadiah PoundageAugust 8, 2014
    Try something from "You Gotta Eat Here!": Frita Traditional, Pan con Bistec, or Mago’s Flan
  • Krissan P.heart icon on user image
    Krissan PattugalanMay 15, 2017
    Really good tamal and fritas are yum
  • Sahar Z.heart icon on user image
    Sahar ZareAugust 13, 2018
    Traditional Fritas is great;)
  • Luis G.heart icon on user image
    Luis Garcia FalconApril 11, 2018
    Great little hole in the wall, always go for fritas.
  • Ronal Q.
    Ronal QuinteroMarch 21, 2016
    Big Magico with an egg is all you need to get.
  • Catherine W.
    Try the croqueta preparada. It is the best thing you'll ever eat in your life!
  • Adel A.heart icon on user image
    Adel Al KindiOctober 20, 2015
    Everything is perfect...
  • Carlos P.
    Carlos PuentesNovember 8, 2013
    Frita con queso y un batido de mamey(mamey milkshake)...does it get any better???
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealJune 23, 2011
    El Mago’s standard toppings: ketchup, sautéed onions, and potato sticks. Not the greasy, canned variety. Not shoestring fries. But tiny ethereal wisps that are described as a potato bird’s nest. Read more
  • hheart icon on user image
    hNovember 26, 2014
    Frita is the best sandwich in Miami!!!
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 14, 2011
    Best fritas in Miami. Hands down. [Eater 38 Member]
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 2, 2014
    Check out El Mago de las Fritas as seen on Burger Land Read more
  • Henry L.heart icon on user image
    Henry LehtoMarch 7, 2015
    Fritas were awesome!
  • Maggie R.
    Maggie RivasOctober 4, 2017
    Sorry I eat healthy
  • Burger B.
    Burger BeastMarch 24, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Make sure you try the "Frita A Caballo". A frita topped with a fried egg! Read more
  • Carlos A.
    Carlos AMay 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Mamey Fruit Shake - Legendary!!
  • Michael P.
    Michael PierceMarch 2, 2014
    George Motz recommended as part of USA Today article. Read more
  • Ana Maria R.heart icon on user image
    Ana Maria RedondoDecember 22, 2015
    Definitely put an egg on it!
  • ChatChowTV G.
    Try the chicharrones
  • Justin D.heart icon on user image
    Justin DaileyAugust 13, 2016
  • Kon D.
    Kon D.May 25, 2010
    Try the Frita Cubano w/ cheese
  • Karen
    KarenJanuary 4, 2018
    Probar ajiaco y chicharrones, solo sabados. recomendado por la chef de Finka
  • Lia S.heart icon on user image
    Lia SanteeMarch 8, 2016
    Fritas cubanas deliciosas, atendimento maravilhoso e barato.
  • Giovanni O.heart icon on user image
    Giovanni OliverApril 1, 2016
    Las feitas estaban ricas, los empleados son buena gente.
  • Jeremy F.heart icon on user image
    Jeremy FisherFebruary 22, 2016
    Order: frita a caballo, batido de mamey, cortadito
  • Oscar G.
    Oscar González GrecoSeptember 11, 2015
    La frita tradicional con queso es brutal
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