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“Always a favorite!”
Review of Qubano Restaurant

Qubano Restaurant
Ranked #12 of 202 Restaurants in Isla Mujeres
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Caribbean, Latin, Cuban
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Sandy, Utah
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Always a favorite!”
Reviewed July 16, 2013

My husband and I always eat here when we visit the island as the food and service are always 100%. We ate here twice last week for dinner. We always get the Cuban sandwich and Hungarian potatoes which are not to be missed.
This is the first time we had the mojitos here and they may be the best we've ever had.
Unfortunately we didn't get to see Vivian because we ate for dinner both times and she normally works the lunch time. See you next time!!

  • Visited July 2013
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Jasper, Alabama USA
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“Consistently Excellent, Made With Love”
Reviewed July 12, 2013

On our sixth trip to Isla Mujeres, we ate lunch at Qubano three times with Vivian. As we approached Qubano on our first lunch here for this trip, Vivian warmly greeted us and welcomed us back to the island and to her restaurant. It's like coming home to your mom's kitchen. Of course we ordered Vivian's Hungarian potatoes, which are unlike any potato dish we've had anywhere, and they were excellent as always. I must note that the Hungarian potatoes, while worth a visit on their own merit, are also great for curing a hangover, being the ultimate comfort food. I had the cuban sandwich; I have continued since last year's review to endeavor to find one this good in other destinations and in other restaurants, without success. This one is the best. You'll love the crispy fried plantain chips that accompany the sandwich. One order of potatoes and a sandwich each for two is more than plenty for any appetite, and I'd recommend that if you have only two people, get the Hungarian potatoes or fries but not both; the fries are delicious hand cut perfectly prepared fries served with ketchup and also spicy mayo in a generous serving. My wife had the burger, and the cheese is inside the center of the patty, as if injected with a pastry injector, which makes for a great burger. My wife loved it. On the second visit I had the Elena Russ sandwich, on the same amazing type bread as with the Cuban, but with thinly sliced prosciutto or capicola type ham, chunks of turkey breast, a light yellow-white cheese, cream cheese, and some strawberry jam. It was amazing, delicious and unlike any sandwich I've ever had. My wife had the burger again. I drank a refreshing watermelon juice with a splash of rum, a great combination. On our third visit I had the toston, which is made with grilled plantain instead of bread, filled with chopped chicken, and covered with Vivian's olive oil/lightly sauteed onion preparation which she brings to the table and ladles onto your toston. The light sweetness of the plantain with the white onion combine with the tasty chicken to make a flavorful but refreshing alternative to a "bread" type "sandwich" especially when having lunch in this tropical climate. Vivian's warm smile and her commitment to making her delicious dishes with love makes this one of our top picks for a casual, relaxing lunch on Isla Mujeres.

  • Visited July 2013
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New York
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“Yummy”
Reviewed July 11, 2013

We had the Hungarian potatoes which reminded us of scalloped potatoes and were delicious. My fiancé had the trio sampler (pulled pork, Cuban, and chicken toston) and I had the veggie torte both were amazing as were the mojitos! Good service and food.

  • Visited July 2013
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Houston, Texas
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“Delicious!”
Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

The owner is very nice with quick service. Delicious Cubanas and drinks. Try the potatoes for an appetizer, you won't regret it. This place will never get old.

  • Visited July 2013
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California City, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“you must try "tostones sandwich with chicken...delicious...owner is also very friendly”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

and the "Mojitos" just fresh and natural...love it, must try aguas frescas too....watermelow is amazing

Visited July 2013
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