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Comfort Cuban


Cuban Breezes is only a few miles from our house, so we eat there quite  a bit.  This is my fourth time since January.  It’s like comfort food to me.  We’ve never had a bad meal, the service is good, and the prices are great.  What’s not to like?

I was hungry so we ordered the appetizer sampler platter.

It had Pan con Queso,  croquetas, yucca fritters, and an empanada.  The only one I didn’t like much were the yucca fritters.   They were a little spicy.  The chicken empanada was really good.  Especially dipped in the Havana sauce.  The Pan con Queso is basically a grilled cheese on their Cuban bread with a light garlic spread and the croquetas are filled with ham and lightly fried. 

Loren ordered the Masitas de Puerco.  It came with two sides, so he got a salad and beans and rice.

He really liked the Masitas.  It’s slow cooked pork chunks, boiled until tender, marinated, then lightly fried.

I was going to order the Grouper Cuban, but the waitress said they use Mahi Mahi now instead.  Ok, sounded good to me.

And it was.  The Mahi was really tender and really good.  A little cheese, lettuce and Havana sauce, then lightly pressed and it made for a very enjoyable dinner.

With our $10 off coupon, the total dinner came out to $16, plus we have some leftovers for tomorrow.

Cuban Breezes
13980 W Hillsborough Ave
Tampa, FL

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  • I’ve been whining for weeks that I wanted to go see Wicked again (I’ve seen it twice), but that the ticket prices were way too high.  There’s no way I was going to shell out $180/ticket.  Then last night, TBPAC posts $49 tickets on Facebook.  Seriously, $49, 8th row, I’m so there.

    Since the show was in Tampa at 7:30pm, we needed to eat somewhere that was going to be quick, so we headed over to Cuban Breezes.

    They had their Havana burger on special, so Loren got one of those with the ultimate beans and rice.

    Cuban Breezes makes a pretty good burger.  He scarfed it.  I opted for the steak philly with beans and rice.

    Their steak philly is different than a cheesesteak you get other places.  It has it’s own special blend of spices, onions and peppers on their yummy Cuban bread.  I smother the whole thing in their Havana sauce.  Good stuff.  The rice and beans were a little dry this time, though. 

    We were in and out of there for $15 in about 45 minutes.  Got to Tampa in plenty of time.  The show was great.  The actress playing Elphaba had a fantastic voice and Richard Kline (yup, Larry from Three’s Company) played the Wizard of Oz. 

    Cuban Breezes
    13980 W Hillsborough Ave
    Tampa, FL

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  • Lechon Asado


    Coincidentally, I also had Cuban food for lunch today!  This was the bi-weekly work lunch meeting at another one of our favorite places, La Terasita in Pinellas Park.   Not a fancy place, just good cheap Cuban food.

    We almost always go there on a Friday, and their Friday special is one of my favorites:  Lechon Asado (or Roast Pork, if you prefer).  I like it with black beans and yellow rice, thank you.  I didn’t even think about taking a photo, just dug right in and before I knew it, my bowl was empty.

    For the record, I go to three cheap Cuban restaurants fairly regularly.  This one, Cuban Breezes, and a little place called Andy’s in Oldsmar.  Cuban Breezes is okay, the food is decent, quick and cheap… but really, the only reason we go there is that Cathy likes their Cuban sandwiches.  Andy’s is IT, as far as I’m concerned.  Very authentic Cuban flavor, just awesome.  But, Cathy thinks Cuban Breezes has a better Cuban sandwich, so she never goes there with me.  La Teresita is somewhere between the two.  Their beans don’t taste like they’re out of a can like they do at Cuban Breezes, but they’re not quite as good as Andy’s.  But, if you’re down in the Pinellas Park area… La Teresita, it is!

    La Teresita
    7101 66th Street
    Pinellas Park, FL 33781-4004
    (727) 546-5785

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    Rainy Friday


    Did a quick lunch run today between downpours and decided a Cuban sandwich with some black beans and rice would hit the spot. 

    Since Cuban Breezes is right around the corner, I called ahead & picked up lunch within 15 minutes.  Even though they were busy with the lunch rush, they had my order ready when I walked in the door. 

    Let’s face it, Cuban Breezes puts out a nice lunch for $6.50.  Their Cuban sandwich is tasty; ham, pork, cheese, pickles and mustard pressed in their yummy Cuban bread.  I could just eat the bread alone and be happy.  And I have to have their Havana sauce on everything.  It’s sort of like a ranch dressing, but oh so good.    The beans and rice are very filling.  For me it’s usually a choice of finish the sandwich or finish the side dish. 

    Cuban Breezes
    13980 W. Hillsborough Ave
    Tampa, FL (it’s on the Oldsmar/Tampa line)
    813-814-9939

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  • The temperature rarely gets into the 30’s in Florida, but we’re in the middle of a cold spell right now.  I wasn’t sure I even wanted to leave the house, but the thought of comfy Cuban food was enough to get me to dig out my winter coat and head out to Cuban Breezes in Oldsmar.

    We started with a couple of appetizers, a chicken empanada and a cup of chorizo soup. 

    We eat at Cuban Breezes a lot, but this is the first time I tried their Fricase de Pollo.  It’s shredded chicken and diced potatoes in a tomato based sauce over rice.  It was yummy.  Shad got his usual Lechon, marinated shredded pork, and some beans and rice.

    Appetizers, two dinners and a Pepsi ran us $25.

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

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