A few years back I had the pleasure of finding Old San Juan Cuban Cuisine in Lexington, KY. I remember the hospitality and wonderful, authentic Cuban Sandwich and Black beans and rice. Due to life in general, I seemed to have routinely passed up this place since.I found myself in the mood for a Cuban sandwich and instinctively turned to Old San Juan. To my delight the place hasn't changed. Little cafe with lunch room dining chairs and those faux wood tables. It was lunch so they were a bit slower with service, which was fine. I sat and listened to the Latin music being piped in and the mummers of Spanish being used by many patrons. They still had that Latin charm. The waitress approached my table with a big warm smile and asked to take my order. I ordered a Cuban sandwich with black beans and rice and a Coke. She quickly took my order. Being that they were so busy it took my order about 15 minutes to get to my table but, which was great. Two runners brought my food and politely apologized for the wait and said enjoy. The Cuban sandwich was cooked to perfection. Buttered Cuban bread lightly toasted with the ham, pork, chorizo and cheese. It was divine. Soft to bite into but still maintained that delightful crunch that I expected from the bread. The black beans and white rice garnished with two pieces of fried Plantain were next.The Plantain was delicious. Sweetened just right and fried for just a little crisp. Absolutely delicious. The black beans and rice on the other hand we're not as memorable as I thought they would be.The spices used in preparing them gave the beans a very bland almost smoky flavor which I certainly didn't expect. The Cuban bread that comes with it as well as the white rice didn't seem to help either. Perhaps an offering of lime and sour cream or some Pico De Galileo would have done the trick. I ended my meal with a Guava/Cheese turnover that had a fresh, homemade flavor you don't find just anywhere. Delicious! Overall my belly was full and I was satisfied with the meal and the service, as well as the ambiance of the place. Old San Juan may have changed ownership but it certainly has not changed it's tradition of serving of authentic Cuban cuisine and hospitality. Next time you're in Lexington Kentucky be sure to take a stop by Old San Juan and enjoy an afternoon delight.
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