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“Above-Average Business / Forgettable Food” 4 of 5 stars
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Havana Road
8 West Pennsylvania Avenue, Towson, MD 21204
410 494 8222
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Ranked #33 of 145 Restaurants in Towson
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Cuban
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Dining options: Reservations, Delivery
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Between York Road and Washington Avenue
Baltimore, MD
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“Above-Average Business / Forgettable Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

Recently ate here for the second time. It is still BYOB, which is much appreciated. They charged five dollars to open our bottle of wine. Our server, Cat, who worked the entire, full room, did a great job. She did not like the look of the scallop appetizer that we ordered and suggested that we order something else. Some places would just serve up below standard items and hope the customer does not complain. Here is a review of specific items ordered and tried:

Empanada appetizer with chorizo and Manchego cheese: Tasted pretty good, but there were only two of them, they were small, and they cost nine seventy-five. They didn't taste amazing enough for me to order them again at that price.

Mussels appetizer: Like the empanadas, the mussels tasted good, but they were small in size and number for the eleven fifty that we paid for them. They too did not taste so good that I would want to order them again at the same price.

Fish (fried) sandwich platter: This was the best value ordered (priced at fifteen dollars). The fish portion was generous and not heavily breaded. It was tender, mild in flavor and had a nice, apparently house-made tartar sauce on top. The bread it came on was nice. The platter came with fries and plantain, both of which were acceptable. Also included was a small bowl of soup. We chose the black bean variety, which was hearty and tasted good (but not amazing).

Based only upon my estimation of value relative to taste and serving size, I would rate this place as average. In fact, I have tried nothing here that makes me want to come back soon. Service, BYOB and the whole fresh-local-first emphasis pull my overall ranking to very good. Perhaps I am just not a fan of Cuban cuisine. I can think of no reason why you should not try it at least once.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Not So Good Food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

The food was not good at all, however the waitress was very friendly. It does not taste like Cuban food at all. The food seemed like it was seasoned with seasoning salt. I will not be going back to this restaurant because it did not live up to its name. The restroom could use a good cleaning too.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Towson, Maryland
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“Great Cuban food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

The food here at Havana Road totally rocks and the prices are competitive. They have specials every week which knocks money off your bill. I had the shredded pork and it totally rocked my world. It was a BYOB establishment when I went last time and conveniently located near a liquor store so if you want to have some wine with your meal, it's easy enough to do.

Visited June 2012
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Baltimore
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“This Food is Amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

We purchased a four for forty carry out dinner that can feed four people. 10 mini Cuban sandwiches, Cuban chili, two types of Cuban hummus, hot salsa, black bean dip and a loaf of Cuban bread. We just finished it pre-Super Bowl. The flavors are delightful, the sandwiches truly award winning and we haven't even gotten to the chili yet.

Towson is fortunate to have a restaurant of this caliber.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Great find for tasty and fresh cuban”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Fantastic experience and cooking. Can't believe this is in Towson. Similar to Cafe Cubano in Elmwood Park, IL. The Leschon is exquisite. BYOB with a great liquor store next door that gives a 10% discount.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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