Friday, November 12, 2010

Miami Trip Part 2 - A Taste of Cuba at Playa Cafe

Playa Cafe
1515 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

When heading to Miami, you have to make a stop for some Cuban food. We had about two hours to kill in South Beach before we had to be at our ship for our Caribbean cruise. So we had to find a good Cuban sandwich quick. Luckily, we spotted one the night before, and we wanted to give it a shot, so we headed to Playa Cafe.

Playa Cafe is located on the main drag of South Beach, Washington Avenue. It is a tiny little place, that is real easy to miss. Inside the no frills restaurant you will find a lunch counter, with about eight stools filled with regulars, and three ladies working behind the counter prepping the food. We knew what we came here for, Cuban sandwiches, so lets see how they turned out.

This is what it is all about, the traditional Cuban Sandwich. The Cuban sandwich consists of the following; roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard and mayo. Served on Cuban bread and then it is pressed until the bread gets a slight toast to it, and the cheese gets melted. For $4.95 you can not beat this sandwich. A generous amount of meat, and the flavors meld so well together. I was very happy with this.

Next up is the Medianoche Sandwich, a close cousin to the Cuban sandwich. This has all of the same items in it, but instead of Cuban bread, they use a softer, yellow, egg bread. This bread is sweeter, and blew me away. The sweetness of the bread, with the saltiness of the meats, made a nice contrast. If I had my choice, I would have chosen this sandwich over the traditional Cuban, but just by a little bit.

The other traditional Cuban items on the menu looked great as well. Talking to the locals, they all loved this place. They loved the food, as well as the prices. It brought them back day after day. Wish we lived close enough to sample their menu.

Out of five baseball players, (because when I think Cuba, I think about baseball, and also these sandwiches really hit it out of the park), five being best to zero being worst, Playa Cafe gets 3 baseball players.

Playa Cafe does not have a website, but you can find information about them here:

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