Frita’s Cuban Burger | Review

I have walked by this tiny little eatery, located at 425 Southard Street, many times. After seeing a movie the other night, my husband and I along with our friends, Erik and Dianne, decided to try it out for a quick dinner. We were able to park just out front, which was nice.  As we approached the establishment, we weren’t sure if we were supposed to order out front or sit inside. Apparently, you can do either. So after walking in and sitting at a makeshift table (a drum with a piece of clear plastic on top) we began studying not only the menu but also the shabby chic interior. Okay, so it may have been more shabby than chic, but it did have the neat feeling of actually being in Cuba.

Shrimp burger at Frita’s

We started out by ordering homemade sangria. After about ten minutes we still had not seen the drinks and we were wondering if the language barrier had caused out order to be lost in translation. Of course, as soon as I asked about the drink order, they were finally brought over. The staff makes this drink to order, which explained the delay. Sangria is different everywhere you get it, and I did enjoy this version, although it was much less sweet than what I am accustomed to.

When the proprietress, who did speak perfect English and was very friendly, came over to take our food order, we all got different things. My husband ordered the traditional Cuban sandwich, I ordered the shrimp burger, Erik order the confused Frita (Frita Confundita), and Dianne ordered the traditional Frita burger. We also got two orders of french fries for the table.

In case you were wondering, a traditional Cuban sandwich consists of roasted pork, ham, swiss cheese, mustard and pickles on cuban bread which is then pressed and served warm. Steven ate his, but without much gusto. He thought it was a bit bland compared to the many other Cuban sandwiches that he has enjoyed in the past.

Burger at Frita’s.

My shrimp burger was a bit of a disappointment. It tasted fine, but it was literally a few fried shrimp on a big bun with cole slaw. I was truly expecting shrimp formed into a patty.

Erik’s confused burger was the Frita burger (beef and pork patty seasoned with garlic and spices, topped with onions, mojo pork, cole slaw, and crispy fried house julienne potatoes on a freshly-backed Cuban roll. After a few bites, he pronounced the burger interesting.

The fries were fresh cut, but they were soggy, not crispy.

For such a small place, their menu was pretty extensive. And I am not sure where they cooked it all as I could not tell where the kitchen was. I am not sure that I would come here again, but it was certainly a different experience.

Before deciding where you are going to eat while visiting Key West or the rest of the Florida Keys, be sure to read my other restaurant reviews; check out our restaurant review sectionof this blog.

And to see what is happening on Key West during your visit, check out our Key West Events Calendar to see other upcoming special events. For more information about the fun side of Key West… things to do and see in our island city, go to our Key West Web Site.

Feel free to Email Me if you have any questions about Key West!!

Island Genn
Key West Concierge

Kim’s Kuban | Review

The chicken soup as served at Kim's Kuban.

The chicken soup as served at Kim’s Kuban.

After a busy morning in the office, we were starving. Delivery to Stock Island is limited, and tired of the same old, we decided to try something different. Having never eaten at Kim’s Cuban, we gave them a call and placed out order.  Lila ordered the chicken soup and a cheese toast and I ordered a chicken burrito and a homemade rice pudding. It seemed like forever before they showed up with the food, but that was probably be because we were famished! Answering phones and emails is hard work!

Unpacking the meal, the chicken soup was a really nice sized portion and the burrito was enormous. But the rice pudding was missing. We gave them a call and about 15 minutes later they were back with another bag containing the rice pudding; more on that later!

Kim's Kuban chicken burrito.

Kim’s Kuban chicken burrito.

Lila said that her chicken soup was very good, and liked the addition of cilantro to it. I personally love cilantro, so I am sure that I would have love that soup! And you cannot go wrong with Cuban bread with butter and cheese; this was delicious. Try adding jalapeños if you like spicy!!

My burrito tasted fine and was very filling. I only ate about a quarter of it, it was so large. But I was disappointed with this choice. It was basically a rice burrito with a very little bit of beans and chicken mixed in.

Now, for the rice pudding… I opened the bag and the homemade rice pudding was not homemade at all. I was kind of upset so I didn’t even end up eating it. Lila ate it two days later and she said that it tasted good but it had the consistency of clay and that it gave her a stomach ache. I guess I dodged a bullet there.

Homemade rice pudding???

Homemade rice pudding???

For the amount of food that you get for the price it is a pretty good deal for breakfast or lunch.

Before deciding where you are going to eat while visiting Key West or the rest of the Florida Keys, be sure to read my other restaurant reviews; check out our restaurant review section of this blog.

And to see what is happening on Key West during your visit, check out our Key West Events Calendar to see other upcoming special events. For more information about the fun side of Key West… things to do and see in our island city, go to our Key West Web Site.

Feel free to Email Me if you have any questions about Key West!!

Island Genn
Key West Concierge