Coming to Florida for an epic theme park adventure but don’t have time to head down to South Florida for a taste of Cuban cuisine? No problem! Even Orlando is a haven for Havana-style cookery. When you visit Orlando, be sure to try out one of these epic Cuban eateries for a truly authentic taste of Cuban food.
1. Padrino’s Cuban Bistro
Ask the friendly staff to bring you a mojito and look over the menu as you sip this Cuban concoction. You’ll find the steak with chimichurri sauce, a must-try for those new to Cuban food. Lechon Asado and paella are amazing here so be sure to give them a try. If that sounds like a lot of food, it is! But go in a big group and share, and you will see why Cuban food is one of the most lively on your palate.
2. Zaza New Cuban Diner
You simply must try the café con leche here. Up for breakfast before a big Orlando day? Get here and fill up on a spectacular breakfast. They have breakfast specials every day. But if you’re not up for breakfast, no problem. The rest of the menu shines as brightly as the sun with an incredible Cubano, the traditional Cuban sandwich. Don’t forget to snatch up some pastries too. The Quesitos, Guava Con Queso and Guava pastries are worth the wait alone.
3. Havana’s Cuban Cuisine
This is some of the best Cuban food you’ll find outside of Miami. With fresh plantains, tasty pork bites and a Churrasco that is so tender you’ll cry, you’ve got many things to taste. Feel like sampling some Floridian seafood? Try the seafood mofongo for a real treat. The portions are enormous so come hungry or be ready to take leftovers with you.
4. Los Autenticos Cuban Café
Here, you’ve got to try the other Cuban sandwich Cuba is known for…the media noche. It’s very similar to the Cubano except that it’s served on a different, sweeter bread. The difference sounds very simple, but the taste is much more complex than it seems. It’s a simple, casual place so come hungry for the huge portions and leave triumphal with a wallet that doesn’t get hit too hard with the price.
5. Black Bean Deli
Another great Cuban place, the Orlando locals often argue that this one might be the best. Havana Pork is not to be missed. It comes with a bounty of sides including a salad, plantains, yellow rice and black beans. Count on taking some of it home with you. Even the sandwiches are huge here. A half should do you justice.
So what are you waiting for? Have an authentic Cuban meal in the heart of Orlando today!