I came to this place expecting great Tampa style Cuban food and was sadly disappointed. From the moment we walked in, I knew something was amiss. The decor is a mix of 50's diner meets Cuban eatery. The mural painted on the walls are covered in greasy food and the air is damp and smelly. The waitress was very nice but annoying and unattentive. She insisted that our three year old use a booster seat (something she never does and isnt good with) until she fell out of it and we refused to use it anymore. Throughout the meal she never did a drink refill and at the end we sat for 10 minutes until I stopped her to ask for our check which was delivered by another server. There were three other parties in the restaurant and three servers, one manager and a hostess hanging around, so its not like help wasnt around.
But I can and usually over look these things if the food is good.... The food was horrible! Cuban it is not. My bistec palomillo with grilled onions was served without onions which was noticed by the waitress but never brought out, it was cooked to the point of being tough and dry and tasted like a hamburger patty. The yellow rice and black beans were bland and watery and the yucca seemed like the frozen stuff that was microwaved and topped with oil and garlic from a jar.
My wife's Cuban sandwich was a sad mess of shredded lettuce, tomatoe, balled up meat and lots of mayo. This is not a Cuban sandwich, which only has roast pork, ham, swiss cheese, mustard and pickle then grilled on a press. Now, in Tampa they add salami but it should never have lettuce and tomatoe or mayo. It was so bad our 1 year old didnt like it.
Our three year old ordered chicken fingers and fries that were ok but the chicken batter slid off proving that they are the prefrozen fingers that just get dumped in oil, but hey its a kid's meal at a "Cuban" diner so I wasnt expecting much on that one.
Had we not been on our way to Busch Gardens, I would have returned this slop and left...but a day with the kids is far and few between so I wasnt bothering with it. Besides, the beers at the park helped me forget the pain inflicted.
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