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May 27, 2009 09:12 AM

Cuban Toronto

Hello everyone,

I'm visiting Toronto with a friend who is a native of Cuba. I've read about Julie's and the Mambo Lounge as far as food is concerned. I am wondering if there is anywhere in Toronto to get a good cafe con leche similar to the ones found on Calle Ocho in Miami. Also, is there any Cuban area in Toronto considering there are so many ethnic areas? Thanks in advance.

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  1. argentinian but they do a nice cafe con leche. can't say if they're similar to the ones in miami. as far as i'm aware... there is no specific cuban area.

    1. Mambo lounge looks better than it is. I have had good meals at Julie's

      1. Ain't much in Toronto in the way of Cuban food, sad to say...
        IMO, your best bet in TO is Delux, on Ossington, where the chef combines French and Cuban flavours to create something truly unique (and tasty, in my experience):

        Their cubano is quite yummy.

        92 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J2Z4, CA

        1. I don't know the name of it but I know a Cuban girl and she directed me to a Cuban restaurant on King W. If anyone can help with the name. She said it's great.

          I can find out tomorrow if you like.


          1. The Cuban population in Toronto is very small, so there is no Cuban neighborhood in the area. I lived in Florida for a while and find it very hard to believe you will find anything on the level of Calle Ocho (I actually just ate at Versailles in Miami last night) in TO. I do know a Cuban family in the restaurant business in the GTA, but they serve Mexican cuisine because it is easier to market.

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            1. re: Matt H

              There's not much Cuban in TO that I have come across but I will watch these posts to see if any good options come up -- I am in Florida often and love Cuban food. I'd watch out for Julie's -- it's had quite mixed reviews on Chowhound. Overall I think there's good atmosphere there so it might be fun even if the food is only so-so.