Cuban cuisine draws upon the island nation's natural surroundings, igniting meats with native spices, sweetening stews with fresh plantains, and inflating breads with beach-ball extract. Taste the Caribbean with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Cuban fare at Habana.
The manifestation of Cuban transplants Ron and Yasbel Flores, Habana culls from old family recipes and classic cocktail concoctions to craft a menu steeped in traditional Cuban flavors. Best-selling item lechon asado steeps tender pork shoulder overnight in garlic ($13.75), protecting it from hungry vampires, and the signature sandwich, the cubano, presses ham, roast pork, and swiss cheese between thick slices of cuban bread ($8.75). Spicy tomato sauce drizzles over cubed beef and potatoes ($11.50), and seasoned cracker meal encrusts chicken breast sweetened with pineapple salsa ($13.50). The quimbombo ($11.50) eschews meat for fresh vegetables, bulking up an okra stew with peppers, onion, and chunks of plantains ripened by attending a seminar on 401(k)s.
Our customers loved this deal last year, earning Habana a spot on Groupon’s Best of 2011 list.
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.
2728 S Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78704