Restaurant Challenge #2: Cuban Delights Cafe
August 2, 2008
You were probably thinking that I had given up on my restaurant challenge already, but that’s not the case. My husband and I were both sick last month and then I was out of town two weekends in a row. But now we’re back to it! I have been wanting to try this Cuban restaurant for a while now because it had been recommended to me by one of my co-workers. Needless to say, my husband was a little hesitant. Remember, he’s the cheeseburger and pasta kinda guy. Anyway, I told him we must go to this restaurant last night. So he finally agreed.
Anytime a restaurant featuring a specific type of cuisine opens in a small town like ours, I always wonder how authentic it can really be. I was really surprised when we went into Cuban Delights and found that it is actually owned by a Cuban! It’s a very small restaurant with about 10 tables and a bar at the back. They serve traditional Cuban food and also offer coffee and espresso. Since I had never had Cuban food before, I decided to go with something basic and ordered the Ropa Vieja. It came with rice, black beans, and maduros which are fried plantains. The black beans were seasoned with onions and cilantro and were more like a soup than the way I normally eat black beans. And I also discovered I love fried plantains! It was way more food than I could ever eat but it was so good! My husband ordered the Vacca Frita, which is shredded beef with red and green peppers and onions. His also came with rice, black beans, and tostones. Even my husband, the picky eater loved it! The staff was very friendly and the owner asked us how everything was and asked us to come back again.
I would definitely go back to this place and try some of their other dishes.
Reservations required: No
Location: Auburn, AL