I live in the same town as this restaurant, and my husband and I first visited on the recommendation of a Cuban-American friend. Outstanding! Now we return about once a month, and often bring our out of town visitors here.
The Cuban Cafe is located in a non-descript strip of stores in a business section of town, not in the central tourist region near the beach. As a result, it's rarely overcrowded and the prices are quite reasonable. When you step in the door, you know you're in the right place by the number of Cuban people eating there. The decor brings you to the Spanish Caribbean with terra cotta, tile, wrought iron, and paintings of Cuban scenes. The wait staff seems truly Cuban: delightful middle aged men wearing guyabera shirts, who serve you with a twinkle in their eyes. And the food! They immediately bring a basket of home made plantain chips (perfect with Sangria, which is served with assorted fruit in the glass). Our favorites menu items are the two appetizer samplers: the Padron and the Tapico, which are meals in themselves. Equally delicious is the chorizo sausage appetizer. My husband always orders vaca frita (fried beef) for his main dish. He says he wants to try other items, but it's such a winner he can't resist it each time. Portions are generous and we always leave with take-out boxes. Honestly, it's hard to find something negative with this gem of a small restaurant.
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