The wonderful thing about Gusto Cuban Cafe is that it is so different than many other restaurants in terms of the food it serves. You're usually surrounded by burger joints, pizza places and restaurants serving food from various parts of Asia but you can honestly say there aren't a lot of Cuban restaurants (at least in this part of the country). Cuban food has a lot of rice and beans so if you aren't into that, you've been warned. My favorite dish is the vaca frita, which is a shredded beef that is fried until crispy and served with onions on a bed of rice with beans. The big negative for this restaurant (and the reason I don't visit more often) is that whether you dine in or carry out, you're going to be waiting for a while. The restaurant is always understaffed. One time I tried to call in an order and the phone had to have rung at least 20 times before it was answered. It was almost a game to see how long it could go. Most of the times I've been there, the only employees are the owner, his wife in the kitchen and a greeter/waiter/bartender if you're lucky. With that kind of staffing, it only takes three to four dining groups to slow things down to a crawl. Other than that, the food is a little on the expensive side for what you get, but it is excellent. Expect an average meal with appetizers, drinks and dessert to put you in the $30-35 range per person. The owner does participate with several gift certificate websites so that can bring the cost down a little. If Gusto Cuban Cafe can get the resources to move out of its little strip mall and into a larger, more customer-friendly location, I would expect great things (provided it can get more staffing).
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