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Cuban/Chinese in Tampa

nerditry Jan 30, 2013 12:58 PM

In the 90s, my dad took me to a place that was a combination of these two cuisines as a fusion of the Chinese who ended up in Cuba. It was definitely a hole in the wall and not a high end place by any means.

Anyone know of the place I'm talking about? Is it still open? Is there anywhere else like that?


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    RibDog Jan 30, 2013 05:48 PM

    Arco Iris. They have the regular Cuban dishes along with Chinese fried rice. And they are the only one that I know of like that.

    1. Mild Bill Jan 30, 2013 07:50 PM

      There's also 'Chifa'... A Chinese Peruvian cuisine...
      The Chaufa Rice looks killer... I keep saying I want to try this place even though reviews say that they're disorganized...

      Here's a photo of the place on Armenia Avenue called Chifa-Gino..


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        TampaPete Jan 31, 2013 05:03 AM

        I think there is/or was a place called Chino Cubano on Bush Blvd. near Bush Gardens on the right hand side of the road going east. Little hole in the wall, don't know if it still there.

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        1. re: TampaPete
          andy huse Jan 31, 2013 07:12 AM

          Yes it is China Latina on Busch. Like a fast food Chinese place with tostones and maduros and such. The menu there has more fusion choices--- Arco Iris just does a couple kinds of fried rice, but it is a mainstay.

          1. re: andy huse
            ElGimpo Jan 31, 2013 01:28 PM

            It's not Cuban, it's Puerto Rican I believe.

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