Though the Caribbean isles are well known to outsiders, Caribbean cuisine remains a hidden gem due to tourists frequently subsisting solely off a paste made from sand, ocean water, and puréed linen pants. Uncover the edible treasure of the tropics with today’s Groupon to Cubana Restaurant.
$15 for $30 worth of Cuban and Caribbean cuisine
- The menu includes the following:
- Daily selection of fresh ceviche (a $7.99 value)
- Ropa vieja—shredded beef cooked with veggies in a creole tomato-and-wine sauce (a $12.99 value)
- Arroz con pollo a la chorrera—chicken and rice with olives, green peas, and peppers (a $13.99 value)
- Cubana caliente—hot-pressed sandwich with roasted pork, spanish chorizo, ham, and provolone on Cuban bread (a $9.99 value)
- Native Cuban owner and chef
- Called “a beach paradise” by the Courier-Journal<p>
Cuban native Mariolis Mora bedecks Cubana Restaurant’s tables with vibrant and artfully arranged authentic Caribbean platters. Entrees nestle sizable portions of beef, poultry, and fish against such sides as smashed fried green plantains and sweet-potato fries, and vegetarian empanadas and skewers can quell herbivorous cravings to prevent them from driving diners to chew on crop circles. For memorable meal bookends, a daily selection of fresh ceviche and classic desserts—including flan, bread pudding, and tres leches cake—sends taste buds into a tropical tizzy. As guests bask in the turquoise-and-orange warmth of the restaurant’s interior, which the Courier-Journal deemed “a beach paradise,” recordings of Cuban music lilt into ears, provoking breezy thoughts and impassioned air-bongo solos.
Cubana Restaurant owner and head chef Mariolis Mora draws on the culinary skills she cultivated in Santiago de Cuba to craft a menu of traditional Cuban cuisine. She grills shredded beef and tosses it with garlic and lime juice to forge her ever-popular vaca frita, and she presses roasted pork, spanish chorizo, and serrano ham between hot bread to build classic cuban sandwiches. For dessert, a cup of cuban espresso offsets the sweetness of housemade flan or bread pudding.
Lauded by the Courier-Journal as a “beach paradise,” Cubana Restaurant’s interior complements the authentic island cuisine. Palm trees pop against vibrant orange and turquoise walls, and the sound of Cuban music inspires impassioned air-bongo solos.