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Hamburgers, Bow Down To The Frita

*Always* trust a Cuban when it comes to food.

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Listen up, guys. We need to talk about fritas.

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"What are fritas?" you might be asking.

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...In which case I ENVY you for the experience of trying it for the first time.

A frita is a Cuban WORK OF ART that's kind of like a hamburger.

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In the same way that heaven is kind of like the DMV.

They're typically made with Cuban bread, a ground beef and chorizo patty, chopped white onion, crispy shoestring potatoes, and ketchup (and/or a splash of Tabasco sauce, if you're so inclined).

Basically, take everything that is good in the world, and put it all together.
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Basically, take everything that is good in the world, and put it all together.

Inferior burgers require lettuce and tomato and nonsense to distract from how BORING they are.

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Bacon ranch chipotle pizza bagel nacho cheeZzzzzZzZZZZzzzz.

As any frita enthusiast will tell you, the most crucial ingredients are the patty and the fries.

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It's just so... so beautiful.

The patty HAS to include chorizo. It gives the whole thing a savory kick!

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Keep in mind, there are different types of chorizo! For fritas, go with the cured, Spanish-style variety.

And the fries HAVE to be thin and crispy.

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Chubby fries will throw off the delicate balance of the majestic frita. Trust me on this.

This cheeseburger is crying because it knows it's incomplete without crispy fries and chorizo.

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Don't cry, little cheeseburger.

ALWAYS go with Cuban bread.

It's the right mix of soft and chewy to soak up all that greasy goodness without becoming a mess.
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It's the right mix of soft and chewy to soak up all that greasy goodness without becoming a mess.

You could add cheese, if you really wanted to.

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I'll be real with you, though: It's better without it. And this is from someone who would legally marry cheese if she could.

And you could try it "a caballo" with a fried egg on top, if you're feeling adventurous.

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Fritas are pretty abundant in, say, the greater Miami area.

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...But it's kind of tough to find them outside of cities with large Cuban populations.

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You could try making them at home, of course.

Here's one recipe, which incorporates a "not-so-secret sauce". And here's another one, which specifically notes that, if it's not fried, it's not a frita.

Remember to pair your fritas with an ice-cold Materva, Iron Beer, or Jupiña.

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Cuban sodas >>>>>>>>>>>>>>

And finish it all off with a creamy mamey shake.

Mamey is a beautiful-looking and great-tasting tropical fruit that tastes like if guava and strawberry had a baby, sort of.
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Mamey is a beautiful-looking and great-tasting tropical fruit that tastes like if guava and strawberry had a baby, sort of.

So, if you've yet to try a frita, go out and hunt one down.

And if you're already a card-carrying fritarian, just make sure to save me some.

Just look at this GORGEOUSNESS.
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Just look at this GORGEOUSNESS.

Go with the best. Go with fritas.

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