Las Vegas Cuban Cuisine In A Word: Delicioso!!

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

logo_gI’ve been back from my vacation to South Florida for only a week now and I already miss the food.  Yes of course I miss being five minutes from the beach and knowing the back roads to everywhere to avoid tourists.  But I still haven’t found a place in Orlando that serves good Cuban food.  I guess growing up so close to North Cuba, some people call it Miami, has spoiled me a bit when it comes to the cuisine from this particular culture.  I almost cried when I asked someone where to get good Hispanic food here in Central Florida and he said to me “I like Pollo Tropical.”

Luckily I still have family and friends in South Florida that give me plenty of excuses to visit on long weekends.  Shout out to everyone I love down there!  If it weren’t for all of you, I might have to actually pay for a hotel when I go down to visit my one real love, the breaded chicken fillet.  I’m just kidding.  Mostly.  Really though, if you have a chance to go to the Hollywood, FL area and are looking for a great meal, you should check out Las Vegas Cuban Cuisine.

slide1Don’t let the fact that they are a chain fool you.  Las Vegas is still a family owned and operated business.  The Vilariño family came to Florida in 1980 and started their first restaurant at their Hollywood 441 location in 1984.  Today they serve authentic Cuban cuisine at 13 different locations across SoFla.  My family and I lived closest to their original location.  You can see pictures of the Vilariño family on the back wall sharing their history with the customers.

photo-2In all my trips to Las Vegas I’ve never been disappointed by the food.  If you’ve never been and aren’t sure what to try let me give you a little break down of my favorites.  For an appetizer go with the Mariquitas, which are fried plantain chips, or Empanadas, which are meat-stuffed pastries.  Both are fantastic.  The garlic sauce served with the Mariquitas is so good you’ll want to use the complimentary bread to soak up any that’s left over, and you can’t go wrong with either choice of chicken or ground beef for the empanadas.

When you hit your main course they divide the entrees into sections based on the type of meat used.  I tend to favor the chicken and beef sections but I’ve never heard a complaint from anyone that ordered a pork meal.  Also, for the convenience of everyone involved, the meals are all given numbers.  If you’re not feeling overly adventurous, the Chicken Fillet is a simple chicken breast flattened out and cooked till golden.  All of the meals are served with white rice, black beans, and sweet plantains.  But if you’re not really into one of those options they have other sides to substitute.  I don’t care for sweet plantains so I usually sub them for French fries, which I know is “so American” of me, but even their French fries aren’t like the fast food fries you’ve tried in the past.

Dessert isn’t usually my thing when I go out. I like to bake my own desserts but when ever I go with family no matter how full we get on the main course my mom always gets a flan to go. Overall I can summarize this restaurant with one thought: they’re absolutely amazing.  But don’t just take my word for it, plan a trip to south Florida and try it yourself.

photo-1Keep Learning Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

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