One of the town’s best fritas, the tasty Cuban take on the hamburger, is given extra zing by pork, savory chorizo sausage, spices such as paprika, a secret-ingredient dressing, and a serving of fried julienned potatoes. This brightly-lit, diner-ish-feeling Little Havana joint on Calle Ocho (the local moniker for Southwest Eighth Street) is great for locals-watching, too. Fritas here also come with cheese, fried egg, even sweet fried plantains, and the menu includes various other Cuban sandwiches and dishes. Whatever you order, wash it down with guarapo (fresh-squeezed sugarcane juice) or a tropical shake in flavors such as mango, guava, and trigo (wheat). Some say that rival El Mago de las Fritas, 5828 SW 8th St. (www.elmagodelasfritas.com; [tel] 305/266-8486), does fritas better, but that of course is a matter of taste; if you want to compare, feel free to drive 40 blocks west.
- David Paul Appell