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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits Victorio’s Oyster Bar & Grill

March 16th, 2015 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s restaurant review. On today’s menu is Victorio’s Oyster Bar & Grill. Family owned and operated since 1979, Victorio’s takes pride in serving homemade sauces and pizza dough along with fresh seafood and oysters galore! Victorio’s famous oyster bar and grill has four central Florida locations to choose from, we decided to give their Oviedo restaurant a try. Quaint, yet spacious with a comfortable sports bar atmosphere, serving up everything from the finest oysters in the area to seafood, Italian and some of the tastiest sandwiches around. So take a seat and enjoy and ice cold beverage at the bar and prepare yourself for the delicious food that is Victorio’s Oyster Bar & Grille.
We started with a plate of their hand breaded calamari. Deep fried perfection, served with both a spicy Thai and a marinara sauce, fresh and crispy with plenty to share. It would be a slight travesty to stop by an Oyster Bar and not give the oysters a try. If you love oysters, Victorio’s has the very best (in my humble opinion) – served fresh by the dozen or by the bucket (which is about two dozen). Flown in from Texas, these giant oysters are a salty, savory delight – a must try.
Victorio’s has a lengthy list of Italian specialties like chicken parmigiana – freshly breaded chicken breast sautéed in olive oil and topped with mozzarella and served over pasta. Or try one of their giant calzones, stuffed with plenty of mozzarella, ricotta and parmesan cheese and spices and served with a side of meat sauce for dipping. If you are hungry for pizza – well, you’ve come to the right place. Try one of their specialty pizzas like the Bianca, fresh dough lightly brushed with olive oil, topped with mozzarella, ricotta and parmesan cheese and fresh chopped garlic. Or if you prefer – design your own with over 15 toppings to fix your pizza just the way you like it.
Victorio’s has several burger and sandwich options straight from to grill. Stop by for lunch and give their patty melt a try. A half pound of fresh grilled ground chuck, onions and swiss cheese served on rye bread with a giant helping of seasoned fries. Another more than worthy choice is their crab cake sandwich. It’s 100% real crab, lightly fried and served on a Kaiser roll with lettuce and tomato.
Still have a little room left? Check out their desserts – made fresh daily and always something different. You can’t go wrong with their tiramisu – one of my favorites, but it’s not always available. Ask your server for the desserts of the day.
Victorio’s Oyster Bar & Grill with four locations: 300 Dog Track Rd in Longwood, 464 S. Hunt Club Blvd. in Apopka, 1701 N US Hwy 1 in Titusville and (of course) 1500 Alafaya Trail in Oviedo. For hours and more information, check out their website at Whatever you are in the mood for – stop by Victorio’s Oyster Bar & Grill . . . you’ll be glad you did.

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits The Ravenous Pig

February 17th, 2015 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s restaurant review. On today’s menu is The Ravenous Pig. Located in the heart of Winter Park is where you will find this trendy, All-American gastro pub. Artfully decorated with contemporary style, The Ravenous Pig is sure to impress with stylish furnishings and a lively, modern atmosphere.

Owners James and Julie Petrakis, both graduates from the Culinary Institute of America, opened TRP back in October of 2007. The restaurant boasts eight years of success and multiple “Best Chef” nominations from the James Beard Foundation, along with accolades from “Food & Wine”, “Saveur”, and “Southern Living”.

The bar features craft beers from all over North America including those created by their sister restaurant Cask & Larder, as well as wines carefully chosen from around the world. Mixologists are there to dazzle you with their large array or original cocktails. Why not give “The Ravenous Pig Old Fashioned” with bacon infused old forester bourbon, vanilla, maple and bitters or the “Garden Gimlet” with St. Augustine vodka, honey-herb syrup, lime and celery bitters a try. Then, sit back, relax and enjoy a tasty lunch on the patio or an evening to remember in their upscale dining room.

The menu at TRP isn’t extensive, but the items are sure to delight with eclectic flavor and unique ingredients. All the meats and produce are locally sourced and prepared fresh daily. We started with The Ravenous Pig’s truly magnificent Deviled Eggs. Eggs benedict, muffin crumble, hollandaise espuma and crispy bacon aligned perfectly and served on a wooden block designed specifically for these exceptional deviled egg delights. The presentation was as exciting as the eggs themselves, which were a rich, savory (slightly fruity), salty with just a little kick of spicy. What an amazing way to start your meal.

Next, give the BBQ Board a try – a sampling of pulled pork, collards, black eyed peas and andouille sausage. An enticing array of expertly cooked food, seasoned to perfection. And I must be truly honest, the greens are they very best I have ever had (that coming from someone who was born and raised in the south). Stop by in the evening and try entrees from their dinner menu, including Atlantic Flounder, Texas Quail, Venison 4 Ways and Pork Porterhouse, along with and array of boards, pasta and salads.

If a sandwich is what you’re looking for, try the Fried Orange BBQ Chicken. Covered with wilted greens, Korean pepper mayo atop a fresh brioche bun and served with your choice of a green salad or a tall glass of their delectable truffle fries. A delicious pairing of sweet and savory and thin crispy French fries, an excellent lunch choice for sure. TRP also has plenty of additional choices for your lunch dining pleasure. Try one of their signature salads like the “Farmer” with bitter greens, house smoked bacon, parmesan, organic soft-boiled egg, brioche croutons and a Caesar vinaigrette. Everything is fresh and seasonal, so depending on the time of year their menu does change. In fact (I’m told) it often changes daily, so every day can quite possibly a new surprise.

Make sure you save room for dessert, you won’t be sorry. “The Sweets Board” is for you if you would like a little variety. It’s a sampling of salted caramel eclairs, chocolate candied almonds and white chocolate-lemon truffles. A little bit of heaven for your taste buds. They also have their ever popular “Pig Tails” which is a house favorite of warm cinnamon-sugar tossed fritters covered in chocolate espresso sauce. They are next on my list to try for sure.

The Ravenous Pig is located at 1234 North Orange Avenue in Winter Park, Florida. The lunch hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11:30am to 2:00pm. Dinner hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm, Friday and Saturday from 5:30pm to 10:30pm. They are closed on Sunday and Monday. The very best advice, make a reservation as they are prone to large crowds – call 407-678-2333. Trendy and innovative – The Ravenous Pig, an American gastro pub . . . stop by and give them a try, you’ll be glad you did.

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits Taboon Bistro

January 21st, 2015 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s Restaurant Review, on today’s menu is Taboon Bistro. Located just behind Orlando’s Universal Studios on Turkey Lake Road os where tourists and locals alike can savor authentic Mediterranean food. From the Falafel to the Lamb chops, you’ll experience a true taste of Middle Eastern cuisine in this upscale bistro setting.

Tucked away between two brand new modern office-type complexes is where you will find Taboon. There is plenty of outside patio dining to enjoy the beautiful Florida weather. Or if you prefer, check out the contemporary styling and modern ambiance that greets you as you walk through the door. Bamboo and stone covered walls, subtle lighting, flowing drapery and edgy charm is what Taboon is all about. Take a spot at the bar and enjoy wine, beer or a premium spirit before you venture off to enjoy your meal.

We started with a couple of house favorite appetizers. The Fried Cauliflower (no breading, just cauliflower dipped in the fryer) garnished with tahini sauce and sprinkled with parsley. Light and flavorful, a dish (I’m told) people travel from miles around just to sample. We also tried the Falafel (a requirement if you eat Mediterranean), which is a deep fried mix of chick peas, garlic, parsley and sesame seeds. This dish is served with tomatoes, cucumber, (and my new personal favorite veggie) pickled turnip and tahini sauce. Crispy fried delights, flavorful and moderately seasoned to perfection. They have many other favorites as Mezza (or appetizers) including Labeneh, Moussaka, Soujouk and Basterma just to name a few. Pick a couple to share – there is plenty to go around.

Next, for one of our lunch entrees, we chose a classic Mediterranean dish of Lamb Chops – a house specialty. These New Zealand lamb chops, were marinated, charbroiled and served with sautéed onions and peppers, a pyramid of rice and small side salad. The flavors were phenomenal – moist and tender lamb doused with just enough spices for an incredible tasting experience. We also had the traditional Gyro – finely ground beef and lamb seasoned and wrapped in warm pita bread with onions, tomatoes and tzatzaki sauce served with French fries and a spicy house sauce for dipping. Everything was fresh and delicious and the sauces and seasonings complimented each dish perfectly.

Taboon Bistro has an excellent variety of Mediterranean delights whether you are hungry for lunch or for dinner. They are located at just behind Universal Studios Orlando at 5911 Turkey Lake Road, Suite 102 in Orlando. Planning a meeting or a celebration, Taboon is available for private bookings of up to 100 guests, with full audio/visual capabilities. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 11:00am to 10:00pm, Friday/Saturday from 11:00am to 11:00pm. Reservations aren’t necessary (we are told), but if you have a large party feel free to call ahead so they can be prepared at 407-270-4848. Check out Taboon Bistro’s menu online at For specials and events, “like” them on Facebook at In the area, or in the mood for delectable Mediterranean eats, check out Taboon Bistro – you’ll be glad you did!

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits Adega Portuguese Grill

November 18th, 2014 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s restaurant review, on today’s menu is Adega Portuguese Grille. Whether you are from the area or here visiting, you’ll want to make your way over to International Drive in Orlando and try Adega Portuguese Grille – local delight and an exciting tourist destination .

Walking into this restaurant feels like you have arrived in Portugal. Rich warm hues of orange and browns greet you as you step inside. Soft music playing in the background incredible aromas take you on a voyage across the sea to the Azores – a Portuguese island of the coast of Northern Africa where the owner Rui calls his home. Rui is no stranger to the business, his first restaurant was in Kissimmee and after 10 years he decided to relocate to where us locals call I-Drive. So, come on in, sit down and enjoy your favorite cocktail from the generously stocked bar and get ready for some authentic Portuguese cuisine.

The menu has many different items to choose from with many dishes centering around the codfish or Bacalhau. For an appetizer we had Pasteis de Bacalhau – or codfish cakes. Small cod crouquettes filled with codfish, potatoes and herbs, lightly battered and fried to perfection. A must try. Then we tried the house specialty (as I am told by Rui – and one of his personal favorites) Bacalhau Com Natas. It’s shredded, salted codfish sautéed with fried potatoes and then baked in a cream sauce. Rich, creamy and decadent – an excellent entrée choice. We also had the Bitoque – pan-seared 8oz sirloin steak topped with a fried egg, smothered in brandy sauce and served with white rice and crispy fries. The Bacalhau is flown in salted to preserve the fish and then goes through the process of three days of desalting where it is soaked in water until it is ready to be cooked.

Adega Portuguese Grill has daily specials every day of the week, in addition to chef specialties they may sneak in every once in a while. The day we visited, the chef brought out his baked whitefish appetizer. Baked whitefish resting atop a zesty bowl of red beans and rice – beautiful presentation and a welcome surprise for guests dining in that evening.

Adega has weekly entertainment (Thursday – Saturday) featuring local artists performing Portuguese music. Every so often (as I am told by the owner) they have Adega Portuguesa. An evening or Portuguese cuisine, wine and entertainment – an event that has people coming there in droves to enjoy all that is reminiscent of Portugal. These events are posted on their Facebook page at as they do not have a website at this point. Check their page often to make sure you don’t miss out!

Adega Portuguese Grille is located at 5417 International Drive in Orlando. For more information or reservations, give them a call at 407-802-2998. They are open every day from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm for your enjoyment. Adega Portuguese Grille – authentic Portuguese cuisine at its finest. Stop by, you’ll be glad you did.

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits Cafe Panuzzo’s Italian Eatery

October 15th, 2014 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s restaurant review. On today’s menu, Café Panuzzo’s Italian Eatery. Take a stroll on over to this delightful restaurant located in the heart of Oviedo, where Mitchell Hammock ends right in the Winn Dixie shopping plaza. Café Panuzzo’s is a family-owned restaurant, with a huge array of menu items like salads, calzones, pizzas, traditional entrees and so much more.
Delicious desserts and baked goods are there to tempt you when you walk through the door. If you can make it past the goodies you can take a spot at their full-liquor bar and enjoy a cocktail or two. Café Panuzzo’s has an ample list of wines, beer and liqueurs to choose from or if you’d rather, try one of their seasonal specialty drinks like a pumpkin spice or caramel apple martini. Every Friday and Saturday night starting at 4pm enjoy happy hour until they close – what a deal. So have a drink and get ready for a fabulous dining experience.
We started out with the house favorite Bruschetta. A traditional topping of Roma tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar served with crispy toasted bread – a great beginning to any meal. If you’re in the mood for a sandwich try one of their hot or cold subs – cheesesteak, chicken parmigiana, meatball or salami – just to name a few. We opted for the Mushroom Cheesesteak – thinly sliced rib-eye, topped with grilled onions, mushrooms and melted mozzarella on a toasted hoagie bun and served with a side of hot, crispy French fries. If pasta is your favorite, try the Shrimp Tuscany. Spaghetti pasta served with shrimp, tomatoes, garlic, spinach, bacon and shallots tossed in a vodka cream sauce served with your choice of soup or salad. Or you can take the traditional route and satisfy your hunger with an Italian favorite – spaghetti and meatballs. Pasta tossed in savory tomato sauce and topped with a mound of meatballs and freshly grated parmesan cheese. Simple and delicious and a definite crowd pleaser and don’t forget your veggies and voila – your meal is almost complete.
Finish with a dessert, we tried the Earthquake Cake. It is brownies and chocolate frosting, with pieces of chocolate molded around the outside, topped with white chocolate sprinkles and chocolate syrup. Did I mention the chocolate? There is absolutely nothing to compare this luscious dessert with – a must try for anyone dining at Café Panuzzo’s.
Café Panuzzo’s Italian Eatery is located at 1003 Lockwood Blvd. in Oviedo. Check out their extensive menu at Having a party or a work function? Café Panuzzo’s caters as well, check out their website for more information or give them a call at 407-977-2116. They are open for lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm. On Sunday they have a wonderful breakfast brunch and they are open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. Café Panuzzo’s Italian Eatery – come hungry and leave happy. Give them a try, you’ll be glad you did!

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits Greens & Grill

September 19th, 2014 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s restaurant review, on today’s menu is Greens & Grill. Located right near the mall at Millenia on the west side of Orlando is where you will find Greens & Grill -a fresh and inviting, casual dining space with an astonishing array of salads, sandwiches, soups and entrees. Greens & Grill provides “Simply Fresh” meals using natural ingredients made from scratch daily. In fact, Greens & Grill has so many choices it may seem overwhelming at first. You can choose from their signature salads and sandwiches or you can choose to create your own. Their list of bread, cheeses, toppings and protein is extensive – so be prepared to make some tough choices should you decide to go this route. Happy hour is every day with 2 for 1 beer and wine all day long. The atmosphere is stylish and modern with plenty of indoor seating and a giant patio for those who wish to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine. So, place your order, sit back, relax and enjoy the experience that is Greens & Grill.
We chose to order right from the menu. Our first entrée was grilled chicken with vegetables, a tasty mix of onions, peppers, carrots and corn. We added a side of mac n’ cheese which was creamy cheese sauce, penne noodles and a tasty (albeit a little spicy) crumb and herb topping – a must try! If a sandwich is what you crave, try “The Cow”, it is Angus flank steak on a rustic French bread with aged cheddar cheese. fresh avocado, sautéed bacon, onions, tomatoes and a crisp and zesty chipotle Lime dressing – an excellent choice indeed. Greens & Grill also has plenty of daily specials – on the day we were there the Maui Waui was on the list. It’s a spring mix with edamame, cranberries, tomatoes, feta cheese, kalamata olives, red onions with a wonderful citrus dressing. If that wasn’t enough, we topped it off with fresh grilled salmon – one of the best salads I’ve ever tasted. Everything on the menu is made to order, in fact it’s as easy as walking down the line and pointing to the toppings you want. Don’t forget to grab a cookie when you order to finish off a delightful meal. If variety and choices is what you look for in a restaurant, you cannot go wrong with Greens & Grill.
There are literally thousands (just may gazillions) of combinations for you to customize your meal. If you love them as much we did, why not have them cater your next event? Check out their website at for more information. They also have a great customer loyalty program, so eat there often and reap the rewards.
Greens & Grill is located at 4104 Millenia Blvd., Suite 114 in Orlando. A quick and easy drive from anywhere, just hop on I-4 and you are there in a jiffy. They are open every day from 11 am to 9 pm, except Sunday when their hours are 11 am to 8 pm. Greens & Grill, stop by and give them a try – you’ll be glad you did!

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Restaurant Equipment World’s (REW) Epic Ice Bucket Challenge

August 28th, 2014 by REW Blog Team

Social Media has brought about an epidemic of viral videos. The very latest is of course the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Unless you have been living under a rock – you have seen, participated or have been nominated. Obviously the most staggering part of this challenge it the awareness and the donations it has raised to support Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or as it is commonly referred to as Lou Gerig’s Disease.

As of August 26th, 2014 the total amount raised in the ice bucket challenge, started by former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates, was (are you ready) $88.5 million! The money raised in the span from July 29-August is epic, compared to the amount raised in the same time span in 2013: $2.6 million. According to the statistics posted by the foundation donations in the last week alone have brought in over $65 million. The first 3 weeks raised $22.6 million, but the amount nearly tripled in the last seven days.

So without further ado, President Brad Pierce and Dedicated Accounts Executive Linda Pierce decided to take the challenge on behalf of Restaurant Equipment World. That being said, the rest of REW employees were kind enough to assist in dumping tons (okay that may be a bit of an exaggeration – but it was a lot) of ice and cold water over their heads. Was it fun for us? You bet – check out our video and see how the ice bandits swooped in and doused Brad and Linda, leaving them drenched and shivering. It was awesome (for us)!

In support of ALS, Restaurant Equipment World has made a donation. We in turn nominate our SEFA family members, the wonderful staff at FEDA and FEDA’s 2015 Convention Chair Carl Gustafson’s company Ace Mart. Accept the challenge, make a donation and post an epic video . . . you have 24 hours!

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits Habanero’s Mexican Grill

August 18th, 2014 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s restaurant review. On today’s menu, Habanero’s Mexican Grill. If you live in the area, chances are you have happened upon one of Habanero’s seven locations spanning across Central Florida. Owners Jorge and Joel brought themselves and their recipes to Florida, along with a passion for creating authentic Mexican cuisine to open their first of many restaurants in 1999. Each location boasts a commitment to family with siblings, in-laws, aunts, uncles and employees committed to ensure the utmost customer satisfaction. Each guest is treated like family, a philosophy that keeps customers coming back to Habanero’s time and again.
Each restaurant is uniquely decorated with old style Mexican charm and bringing about a warm and comfortable atmosphere. Enjoy your favorite sports while enjoying a refreshing cocktail at the bar – chose from a large array of Mexican beer, liquor and the best margarita’s this side of the Alamo. Stroll on out to their patio area, which is adorned with a plethora of beautiful greenery, flowers and a lighted gazebo-style courtyard – complete with a soothing waterfall. If you’re lucky – there have been several occasions where a Mariachi Band has been known to be heard strolling through the restaurant providing hours of entertainment to the delight of all the restaurant guests (check their website for locations and times).
Habanero’s menu is extensive to say the least – on it you will find every Mexican delight along with a few extras I’m sure! Sit down and enjoy fresh, homemade salsa and crispy tortilla chips. If that’s just not enough – add one of their specialty dips like warm, zesty Queso Fundido . For our first entrée we chose the Fajitas Texanas – a sizziling platter full of shrimp, chicken, beef, bell peppers and onions. The fajitas are (of course) served with warm tortillas for stuffing and a mound of rice, refried beans, sour cream and guacamole. We also tried one of the house specialty Fried Chimichangas. Two fried (or soft if you prefer) flour tortillas stuffed with chicken or shredded beef and buried beneath heaping helping of lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, cheese sauce and guacamole. One bite and you can taste why this is a customer favorite. For dessert try sopapillas (a light crispy fried dough covered with powdered sugar) or the ever popular Chocolate Dipped Churros or Fried Ice Cream – all excellent choices.
A small sampling of this extensive menu – but with so much food you would never leave hungry. Tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, chile relleno, burritos, tostadas – I could go on forever (but I won’t). I will suggest however (if you haven’t already), give them a try – you’ll be glad you did.
Habanero’s Mexican Grill has several locations: Winter Park 494 N. Semoran Blvd. – 407-622-7466), Oviedo (829 Eyrie Drive – 407-365-7877), UCF Area 12185 Collegiate Way – 407-282-3969), Orlando, Sanford, Longwood and Leesburg. For a full list of addresses, hours, phone numbers and menu, visit their website at www.habanerosmexicangrill Join their Facebook page and see what everybody is talking about –
Habanero’s – treat yourself to a Mexican feast today! Ole!

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Custom Utensil Artwork Available in Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Showroom

August 5th, 2014 by REW Blog Team

For a limited time only, Restaurant Equipment World (REW) will have custom utensil artwork by Joe Thompson available in our showroom for purchase. Joe is a world class artist from Merritt Island, Florida who uses art to promote recycling awareness.

In his college years, Joe immersed himself in studying Mississipian Indian’s midden mounds (or Indian trash piles). The mounds were an accumulation of trash for the over 500 years the Indians inhabited the area. Joe was struck by how small the mounds were and that there was never anything found in just one piece. A broken bowl was cut down and used as a smaller bowl, every part of an animal served as purpose – even the bones. They reused everything, which brought him to realize that for the most part we do not use objects beyond their original purpose.

This is when Joe started implemented used objects to produce his work. The objects in our showroom are sculpted from used kitchen utensils and welded into amazing works of art. Forks, spoons, knives, spatulas, thermometers – for whatever he finds there is always a creative use and a purpose. Joe’s artwork has won him many prestigious awards and has landed his artwork in galleries and exhibits all over the state of Florida.

In our showroom we have displayed three fish sculptures – skillfully designed using the very type of utensils we sell to our customers. These sculptures are a perfect addition to any restaurant that is interested in procuring one-of-kind, elaborate pieces of art. For more information call REW at 407-679-9004. More artwork and artist history is available at


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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits Old Cuban Cafe

July 14th, 2014 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s Restaurant Reviews. On today’s menu, Old Cuban Café. In Orlando, just east of Alafaya Trail on Colonial Drive, is the newest location of Old Cuban Cafe. Bright, airy and authentically charming – Old Cuban Café takes you on a voyage southward to Cuba. The walls are adorned in soft rustic hues while paintings of Cuba, sacks of coffee and sugar on the shelves and stylish hand painted designs on the walls all help pull together the old world Cuban charm. Sit down, relax and enjoy yourself – you are in for a real Cuban treat.

Old Cuban Café’s menu is full of every Cuban delight you can imagine – from appetizers, to sandwiches, soups, salads, entrees and of course desserts. We started out with a couple of empanadas – pastry shells, filled with your choice of a meat (ham, beef or chicken) and/or cheese and served with fresh salsa. They were light, crispy and oh so tasty. Another house favorite is the Autentico Cubano – or for those of you who don’t know, it’s a traditional Cuban sandwich. Warm, pressed Cuban bread stuffed full of Serrano ham, sweet ham, Spanish pork, Swiss cheese, mustard and pickles, served with a hot batch of French fries. As an entree, it was suggested that we try the Ropa Vieja – which is Spanish for “old clothes”, not something that sounds real appetizing. One popular theory on how the dish was named is the story about a man whose family was coming home for dinner. Being very poor, the man could not buy them enough food when they came. To remedy his situation he went to his closet, gathered some old clothes (hence the name ropa vieja) and imbued them with his love. When he cooked the clothes, his love for his family turned the clothes into a wonderful beef stew. And wonderful it is! Shredded flank steak in a tomato based sauce served with Cuban rice and beans and sweet fried plantains. All the food was fresh and amazingly delicious.

Finish off your meal (if you have any room at all left) with Cuban inspired pastries including Flan, Tres Leche, Torrejas (Cuban sweet toast) or Dulce de Leche. We tried the Pudin de Pan as our indulgence. Moist and creamy bread pudding filled with raisins with a drizzle of warm caramel on top – es muy bueno y sabroso indeed! Don’t forget to check out their pastry display case in the back and take some home for later.

The newest Old Cuban Café is located at 12014 East Colonial Drive in Orlando (407-267-3008). If that is not in your neighborhood, there is the original located at 1672 North Goldenrod Road (407-281-7707), it’s just across from the Sam’s Club on Goldenrod Road). Hours for both restaurants are: Monday – Wednesday from 6am to 6pm, Thursday – Saturday from 6am to 9pm and Sunday from 8am to 3pm. Like their Facebook page at www/é for plenty of pictures and restaurant happenings. Old Cuban Café, authentic Cuban cuisine. Stop on by for a meal, you’ll be glad you did!

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