Bodega on Central – St. Petersburg, Florida

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A few years back, Bodega on Central had just closed their doors as my wife Marcela and I had arrived. We were down the street at an antique shop who suggested we check out their Frita Cubana. It’s been stuck in my mind since then. My cousin Chunktronics and bud John are with us so […]

El Rinconcito Latino – Westchester & Beyond…

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Just a few blocks from my parent’s house in Westchester is a Cuban restaurant they frequent, El Rinconcito Latino. There are actually 6 other locations. My first recollection of seeing/hearing about this place was their spot across the street from Leo’s Pizza. My parents eat in or take out from here a couple of times a […]

The Fish House – Miami, Florida

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The Fish House…..that’s right a seafood place. How did I end up here? It’s a great question so let me explain. Months ago someone mentioned to me on Instagram that there was a seafood spot I needed to check out located in the gray area between Westchester and Kendall that was serving up a Pat […]

Sandy’s Cuban Cafe – Naples, Florida

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Every summer my family rents a home in Marco Island for a week. At some point, normally early on I get impatient and go for a drive through Naples. A year ago I drove by Sandy’s Cuban Cafe with plans to hit it up but it was closed for the day by the time I […]

Munchies Cafe 2 – West Kendall, Florida

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A day before Croquetapalooza I dropped in to Munchies Cafe 2. I had last visited their original location a little over year ago after a BB reader mentioned that their Croquetas are a must try. I was torn as to which appetizer to start with so I did the only sensible thing, I ordered the […]

Rio Cristal Turns 40 And I Revisit

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Jose C. Acosta ¨Pepe¨ who not only founded Rio Cristal but also the legendary Lila’s in New York and on 8th Street recently passed away but his legacy lives on in Westchester. Rio Cristal just turned 40 years old this month and it doesn’t look a day over 38, I kid because I love. Walking […]

El Exquisito In Little Havana

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You see that buttered bread in a basket (pictured above), that’s a sign you should be looking for when you arrive at a Cuban restaurant. The bread basket along with a cup of iced water is their way of saying, welcome. And if the bread is nicely toasted and buttered perfectly then you should strap […]

Cerro Negro, A Nicaraguan Restaurant In Fountainbleau

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First thing is first, Cerro Negro is a Nicaraguan restaurant not a Fritanga. If you’re not even sure what that means (I didn’t before I started dating my wife 15 years ago) even better. Sweetwater is littered full of Nicaraguan businesses and Fritangas seem to make up a large portion of them. Fritangas are the […]

Luis Galindo Latin American In West Miami, Florida

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I don’t eat in at Luis Galindo Latin American nearly as much as my parents do. I’ve been here a few times but mostly I get take out. It travels surprisingly well. All your favorite Cuban dishes are here. The Bread served as a precursor to your meal is worth getting greedy over and fighting […]

El Mago De Las Fritas in West Miami, Florida

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El Mago De Las Fritas is located on 8th street in Miami. It’s not the only frita place on 8th street though. Approximately 10 years ago on my way home from my parent’s house I came across El Mago De Las Fritas . The first few times I attempted to stop here, there were no […]