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“Very good Miami style Cuban food”
Review of Cafe Havana

Cafe Havana
Ranked #55 of 504 Restaurants in Ocala
Cuisines: Cuban
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Reviewed 5 January 2013

Breakfast or Lunch this place is good. You will not leave hungry.My favorite is the Chicken Sandwich Chicken breast cooked Cuban style on Cuban bread Pressed to crispy perfection.All the food is very authentic and delicious.For a small restaurant to have survived and thrived in this out of the way place with Ocala's fickle food tastes is a testament to the owners.

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Reviewed 9 October 2012

My interest in Cuban food was sparked by descriptions of the cuisine in the Dexter novels. While in Ocala, or Slowcala as some locals call it, I hunted around for someplace that served it. After a couple of false starts I found Cafe Havana It is run by a couple, Luis and Laura, and was reputed to serve the best Cuban food north of Miami. All I can say it that the food I had (one breakfast as four lunches within four months) was super. I especially liked the split pea and bean soup I had one day (it had to be a Tuesday or Thursday as those are the days soup is served) so much that I tried to go back on one of those days to see if I could taste it again (I didn't but the substitute vegetable soup was yummy too). I like plantains and the ones served here, along with the yucca, are the best. Besides the mixtos, Cuban pressed sandwiches, you can ask for a plate on which you have choice of two types of rice, plain or with beans, beef, pork and chicken, the inevitable black beans, and other vegetables. It all tastes good. Serves are large and many customers doggie bagged their leftovers. Luis makes a mean cortardito, a Cuban expresso, and often goes through the restaurant offering customers a free small shot. Laura does the same with tres leche, a delightful, sinfully rich dessert made with milk. I have had this elsewhere before but Laura's is the best I have tasted so far. The restaurant also serves a canned Cuban cola that I have not been able to find anywhere else yet.The place is usually packed for lunch so try to get there before noon. The service is fast and friendly and the meals are good value for money.

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