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Just in Time


We ate dinner at Cuban Breezes.  Luckily we got there just as the crowd started coming in, so we didn’t have to wait for a table.  I know they’re usually busy at lunchtime, but I didn’t realize they were so busy on weekend nights as well.   Loren started off with the soup they had on special, the caldo gallego.

It was a Cuban bean soup with lots of good flavors and ingredients.   He also got the mahi wrap.

I’ve always thought Cuban Breezes had really good mahi and tonight’s lived up to the reputation.  They just cook it very well; it’s never dry and always tastes fresh.   I got the fricase de pollo.

This is one of my favorite dishes here.  Flavorful chicken, potatoes, herbs, and spices with rice and a side of beans.  There was enough for two on the plate and I ended up bringing half of it home.  I love the mix of flavors in this dish.  Total bill with a drink was $25.

Cuban Breezes
13980 W. Hillsborough Ave.
Tampa, FL
813-814-9939

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Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.7/5
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  • Filed under: Cuban, Oldsmar, Tampa
  • You really don’t wanna know how often we eat at Cuban Breezes.  We can’t help it, the food is fast, tasty and inexpensive.  We don’t vary too much on what we get either.  Tonight it was the Lecho with ultimate beans and rice for Loren and the Prime Rib Dip for me.

    It was all tasty and good.  I’ve had the prime rib dip a few times and this one was one of the better times.  It’s been too salty in the past.  This one was just right.  We decided to try the apple pie empanada tonight.

    Loren liked it more than I did.  I just didn’t find the filling or the empanada to be sweet enough and the syrup that was on it had an almost bitter taste.  I don’t know how to describe it.  Almost like a molasses/honey type mixture.  Whatever it was, it just didn’t do it for me.  Total bill with a drink was $24.

    Cuban Breezes
    13980 W. Hillsborough Ave.
    Tampa, FL
    813-814-9939

    Cuban Breezes on Urbanspoon

    Food3/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value4/5
    3.5/5

    Simple & Good


    We ate lunch at Andy’s today.  This is one of Loren’s favorite lunch places and he gets the same thing every time we come here, a small roast pork with rice and beans.

    The small could easily feed two people.  The pork is tender and tasty and the rice & beans just finish out the goodness.  I went for a simple ham & cheese sandwich today.

    I really liked the ham on the sandwich.  It had just the right amount of saltiness.  It was just a really simple, really tasty lunch.  Total bill with a drink was $20.

    Andy’s on the Bay
    472 East Douglas
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-855-8166

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    Food5/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value5/5
    4.4/5
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  • Filed under: Cuban, Oldsmar
  • We’re at Disney for the Backstage Magic Tour and decided to spend the night since we’ve got to be here early in the morning.   We went to a movie in Downtown Disney and ended up eating dinner at Bongos Cuban Cafe.  Unfortunately, it was too late for us to go find a restaurant off property which we would have preferred.

    This was another one of those restaurants where you can’t hear yourself think.  It was really crowded and we had about a 15 minute wait for a table.  We started off with some fried stuffed potatoes.

    They were interesting.  They looked like they had a crunchy exterior, but it was actually pretty soft.  The filling was flavorful, but the overall texture didn’t really do it for me.  Loren ordered the masitas.

    He said they were ok. Honestly no better than what he gets at Cuban Breezes for half the price.  He didn’t like the rice and beans that came with it.   I tried the shredded chicken breast.

    I liked the flavor of the chicken.  It had a lime flavor to it and the onions were flavorful too.  The rice was very soft, but I kinda like it that way.  My only complaint is that the dish felt like it needed some tortillas or Cuban bread to go with it.  Total bill with a drink was $47.  Overpriced for what it was, but what we expected in Downtown Disney.

    Bongos Cuban Cafe
    1498 E Buena Vista Dr
    Orlando, FL
    (407) 828-0999

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    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere2/5
    Value2/5
    2.7/5
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  • Filed under: Cuban, Orlando
  • Something New


    Sure, we eat at Cuban Breezes a lot, but it’s not often that one of us tries something different.  Well, it wasn’t me, I went for an empanada and a mahi cuban.

    Still my favorite dish on the menu, though the mahi was a bit on the thick side today making it not want to stay in the sandwich very well.  The chicken empanada is so yummy.  We split it, but I could easily eat a couple of them by myself and not think twice.

    They  had jamabalaya on the specials menu today, so Loren decided to give it a try with a salad.

    He said it was pretty good.  It had chicken and sausage and a bit o’ spiciness.  Somewhat different than what you get at the Cajun Cafe, but still something he’d consider ordering again here.  With a drink, the total bill was $21.

    Cuban Breezes
    13980 W Hillsborough Ave
    Tampa, FL
    813-814-9939

    Cuban Breezes on Urbanspoon

    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value4/5
    3.6/5
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  • Filed under: Cuban, Oldsmar