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Good Cuban food in Orlando?

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Emma Oct 14, 2002 05:54 PM

Does anyone know of any good restaurants? Thanks.

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    eimac Oct 16, 2002 09:24 PM

    Miami quality Cuban - no. But there are several Tropigrill restaurants (a Miami chain that transplanted well) as well as Don Pepe's in Altamonte, Rolando's in Casselbery and El Bohio and Numero Uno in Orlando proper.

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      Lawrence Dillard Nov 25, 2002 11:26 AM

      I highly recomend Don Pepes in Altamonte Springs. The lunch fare has reasonable prices. The dinners sometimes have entertainment. They have the best Piccadillo this side of Havana. Eat and enjoy.

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        Jaime0428 Sep 7, 2007 07:23 AM

        Good cuban food @ black bean cafe in winter park off of Fairbanks/17-92 great cuban's, chicken....etc.

        1. katygirl Sep 7, 2007 11:17 AM

          I haven't been there in awhile buy Vegas on Colonial used to have the best Cuban sandwiches. Actually, anyone know if they are still open?

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            Bob Mervine Sep 7, 2007 04:14 PM

            Yes, still open and still good. The owner keeps selling it and then having to buy it back and recusitate it -- so depending on where in the cycle you visit the quality can vary.

            Also, Medina's grocery on Bumby, just north of Central, makes a nice Cuban pork sandwich, decent black beans and a very good Cuabn tamale

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            britterbeezer Sep 7, 2007 02:03 PM

            my personal favorite is Rincon Cafeteria on Forsyth, near University Blvd. ESPECIALLY their breakfast sandwiches!

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              rudykins Sep 8, 2007 07:00 AM

              I don't know of any fine dining options that are great, but for a hole-in-the-wall experience with superb homemade Cuban food, try Tino's. It's in the Tri-City Center in Winter Garden on the corner of 50 and Dillard, near Big Lots.

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                mountdorahound Sep 10, 2007 06:26 AM

                I have to agree with the hole in the wall theory. All of my favorite cuban places in south florida are this way. You know alot of things painted bright green and yellow with a faded look. Cooks screaming at eachother in Spanish and food to die for!
                Don pepe's in Altamonte used to be this way when they first opened. Then the success went to their heads, the prices went up and they closed the kitchen up so you can't hear the cooks screaming at eachother. No more cuban diner!!
                I want a cuban diner in orlando that serves breakfeast as well! I like medina's bread but that's about it . i have never been to numero uno or El bohio. I will try trino's,,,sounds like what i might be lookin for.

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                  theflytyr Sep 12, 2007 10:58 AM

                  El Bohio unfortunately is no more. Some other establishment has taken its place. I personally though they were the best in town when open in the 80's and early 90's. New place called Pedro's, Pablo's or something like that, not sure if it is Mexican or not. Medinas is average in my opinion. Numero Uno use to be good, I haven't been in awhile. Rolandos is hit and miss, last meal there 2 months ago was very good.

              2. dmfnole Sep 12, 2007 10:04 AM

                All these that are mentioned are great. I also like Alex's Cafe N of 436 on 17-92.

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