My husband and I were wanting something different for lunch, so in perusing TripAdvisor for ideas, I came across info for Havana West Cafe. I don't recall ever having Cuban food before myself, but my husband loves it, and I'm usually up for trying new cuisines. As another reviewer noted, the address on Hwy. 98 is wrong. It's now located at 3670 Barrancas Avenue, and if you aren't looking for it, you might miss it, because it's in a very small building and doesn't have a ton of parking. Don't let this stop you from trying it, though. When we arrived for lunch, there were only two other diners there, but by the time we left, the tables were full with what seemed to be regular diners, and a few people had come and gone for take-out orders. My husband ordered the ropa vieja with yucca and black beans, and I ordered the lechon asado with moros (black beans and rice) and chicken soup, which is like the soup version of their arroz con pollo. OMG, was the food good! The server was really nice and patient in answering our questions and making recommendations, and she definitely steered me in the right direction. When I first got my meal, I was hesitant because I thought the lechon asado looked dry, but in reality the meat has a ton of flavor, and the sauce on the side (I'm guessing olive oil, garlic, and some other seasonings) is great on it. I tried my husband's food, and the ropa vieja was delicious and moist. The yucca was incredible, and I wish I'd ordered that myself. It had the texture or consistency similar to a potato, but it was cooked with onions and olive oil, and it was fabulous with almost a buttery taste to it. The soup's broth was incredibly flavorful without being too salty, and it was full of rice, veggies, and chicken. We live just a mile from a large number of restaurants, and Havana West is probably five miles away, closer to the west side of town where we never go, but I'd go out of my way to eat here anytime. Support small business and eat good food!
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