Although Yasbel Flores emigrated from Cuba at the age of 18, her cooking remains firmly rooted in the flavors of her native culture. Yasbel and her husband, Ron, did their best to bring the flavors of Cuba to Austin by opening Habana Restaurant and Bar in 2001, with Yasbel basing the menu on a trove of family recipes she pored through with her mother. Ron, meanwhile, spent hours honing the mixology of the eatery?s Cuba-evoking cocktails, such as the Cuban daiquiri and the mojito with a decorative island floating in it.
In the eatery?s sunlit dining room or on its patio, patrons feast on meat marinated in Cuban spices?such as the pork steak with onions, the rib eye, and the fried chicken?or vegetarian dishes brimming with plantain chunks, okra, and other tropical vegetables. Alternatively, sandwich-powered lunches include traditional pairings such as roast pork, ham, swiss cheese, and pickle sandwiched between pressed bread or plantain slices. Monday through Friday happy hours, held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., foster a joyful mood by serving discounted appetizers and beers, rather than populating the bar with laughing hyenas.
Try Texas Cuban's Cuban tamale or some black bean soup for authentic Latin-American fare in Austin's Zilker district. Plan to indulge a bit at Texas Cuban, though, because they don't offer any low-fat fare. With its kid-friendly vibe, Texas Cuban is a great spot for families to chow down. Long guest list? Not a problem at Texas Cuban, where big parties will find plenty of room to spread out in comfort. Sit outside when the weather is fine — Texas Cuban has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Texas Cuban is come-as-you-are. You can also grab your food to go.
The restaurant is next to a parking lot, but drivers can also settle for street parking.
You'll like your bill almost as much as your meal at Texas Cuban, with meals usually costing less than $15.
For authentic Cuban cuisine, get lost in Cuban Sandwich Cafe's soups and stews. Diners who avoid fat need to be careful, though, because Cuban Sandwich Cafe's menu does not offer low-fat options. Grab the kids when you head to Cuban Sandwich Cafe — its family-oriented menu and ambience all perfect for the whole clan. Sit outside at Cuban Sandwich Cafe and soak up the sun on those nice summer days. For no extra charge, utilize Cuban Sandwich Cafe's free wifi.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
Chow down at Cuban Sandwich Cafe without blowing your budget — meals here usually cost less than $15.
You won?t find a microwave or can opener inside The Hot Box Diner food truck. That?s because Chef Robert makes every Mexican-inspired dish from scratch. It might be black-bean rice cooked to a fluffy finish or grilled beef and pork tucked into a signature rice bowl, then served with avocado salad and fried plantains. He also builds tacos, flautas, and quesadillas stuffed with your choice of meat, veggies, or trapped ghost.
Waldo Castro was just a young boy in Peru when he began preparing street food for his family and friends, as explained by Javier A. Flores of the San Antonio Express-News. As time passed, and his passion for the culinary arts grew, he clawed the ranks of dishwasher, waiter, and line cook—often holding multiple positions at once—in pursuit of his true dream: to open his own Peruvian eatery, where guests feel like family.
Now the proud father of El Ceviche De Waldito and owner of Sabor a Mí Festival Internacional, Chef Waldo can look back on his journey to the top. In addition to training with the Iron Chef and Hell's Kitchen crew, he held eight executive chef positions at other people's restaurants before applying his passion to his own Peruvian menu. His team whips up several varieties of lime-marinated ceviche, along with traditional Peruvian aguadito with fish or chicken, homemade Cuban sandwiches, and an assortment of Puerto Rican dishes. While noshing on a Huancayo-style yucca or potato, patrons are invited to relax as if they are at home, but preferably wearing more than a robe, slippers, and backpack holding the TV remote.
La Marginal transforms workaday lunches and dinners into flavorful Puerto Rican feasts. Murals of a Caribbean coast surround diners as they get lost in bites of pork, slow roasted in its own savory juices and smuggled into dishes ranging from the traditional Cubano sandwiches?pressed between homemade bread?to el jibarito, a flakey Puerto Rican meat pie. Chefs toss juicy shrimp into their homemade sofrito, an aromatic m?lange of herbs and spices, and saut? thin cuts of round steak with a tropical white wine to create bistec encebollado a la sarten. A daily lunch buffet features a colorful spread of the menu, allowing guests to try a bit of everything.