Let’s face it, we eat at Cuban Breezes a lot. We just can’t help it. The food is consistently good and the prices are great. Especially when you have a Restaurant.com coupon to boot. $10 off when you spend $20, you just can’t beat that for lunch.
We started off with the Pan con Queso y Tomate aka grilled cheese and tomato on Cuban bread.
I think I could have just eaten this for lunch and been happy. Their Cuban bread is so light and fluffy, add some garlic spread, melted cheese, and tomatoes and you’ve got a little bit of heaven in your mouth.
For my entree, I ordered the Fricase de Pollo, shredded chicken and diced potatoes simmered in a tomato-based sauce over rice.
When it comes to the table, the aroma is amazing. Everything is tender and flavorful. Half of it came home with me for dinner. It was so comforting and warm on a chilly Florida day.
Loren got the ultimate beans and rice with lechon, their marinated shredded pork.
Fresh and tasty as always. After the coupon, the total bill was $13. You just can’t beat the value for the wonderfully consistent fresh and tasty food.
13980 W Hillsborough Ave
We eat at Cuban Breezes quite a bit since it’s close, inexpensive, and the food’s pretty good. Loren and I went there for lunch today. He ordered a Havana burger with fries and I ordered a chicken philly with rice & beans.
Loren was only able to eat half of the Havana burger. It’s a half pound burger and very filling. Their seasoned fries are yummy.
Unfortunately, either the waitress or the kitchen didn’t get my order right and it came out as a chicken wrap. Fortunately, though, when I told them it wasn’t right, they very quickly made it right and took it off the bill. That’s the kind of service we’ve come to appreciate here.
The chicken philly has onions and peppers on their delicious Cuban bread. I drench it in Havana sauce and my taste buds are happy. Total bill was $9 for the burger and a drink.
13980 W Hillsborough Ave
We ordered the whole chicken meal which came with 4 sides.
The rice and beans were good, the fried cheese, not so much. It was rubbery and didn’t have any flavor whatsoever.
I liked the cole slaw, it had a nice tangy flavor. I didn’t like the plantains though. They were kind of tough. The chicken, however, was as good as we remembered it from the last time we were here. It has a nice texture and flavor. And we also had to get the chicken empanadas.
This is just one of the tastiest empanadas around. So many different flavors going on inside. Total dinner was $30, but we had quite a bit of leftovers.
2475 McMullen Booth Rd, Ste E
Poblano’s is another one of those local places we eat at a lot. It’s close, it’s inexpensive, and we’re usually pretty happy with the food. We’ve been having some issues with the service lately though. I don’t know if they’ve hired new staff or what, but they definitely need some more training.
Loren ordered the Carnitas Verdes.
Tender pork in a tomato based sauce. He enjoyed it. I ordered one shrimp chimichanga with refried beans.
It was really good. The chimichanga was crispy this time (last time I ordered it, it was more like a burrito). It had some queso on it and a layer of onions and peppers on the plate, plus lettuce, guacamole, and sour cream.
Our waitress never came back to check drinks and Loren’s glass was empty for a while. She was really slow about bringing the check and then coming back to take the payment. She had also asked if I wanted rice or the salad with my meal, I said rice, but got the salad. I don’t think it was actually an option. Total meal was $22. We like the food, so we’ll definitely be back, but hopefully the service will improve.
Poblanos Mexican Grill
245 McMullen Booth Road
Spent my day driving my car on a race track today, good times! But, a racer has to eat… and that’s what this is about. Now, “track food” isn’t known for being good eats. Occasionally it’s okay, but more often than not… it’s merely expensive and convenient nutrition that you’re stuck with because you’re at a race track in the middle of nowhere. Well, wouldn’t you know it, the concessions at this track were closed today! Darn! But, the track is within 5 miles of Keystone Heights, FL… which isn’t far from nowhere, but at least they have some restaurants!
My buddy Steve and I tried our luck at a fairly well-established local BBQ joint called Johnny’s. The place “felt” like a Sonny’s, but the food was marginally better. Good barbecue, not “great” barbecue.
Steve ordered the pulled pork and commented on it being moist and tender, but not “greasy”. And he got that and a giant glass of iced tea for 8 bucks and change! Me? I saw St. Louis style pork ribs on the menu for $9.99 and just couldn’t come up with any good reason to not order them. They were very well-smoked with lovely pinkness and flavor. Could have been meatier, but I didn’t go away hungry. For sides, I got a baked potato and baked beans. Baked potatoes are hit or miss in a place like this, but in this case, it was definitely a hit. Well-cooked, fresh and hot. The beans were from a can, but very well seasoned. I like fresh-cooked beans better, but I’ll take really good canned beans over weak fresh beans, so I’m not complaining. I was sad that there were no greens on the menu. As “country” as this place was, I really expected some fresh-cooked down home sides. At least the waitresses were cute!
A nice cool break from the 104-degree heat-index at the track, some good grub, and much-needed hydration. Would could ask for more?
Johnny’s BBQ and Catering
7411 State Rd 21
Keystone Heights, FL