Unlike having bicycles, apartments, and guard dogs, having many small plates can be just as effective as one big one. Taste power in numbers with today's Groupon for Cuban fare at Havana Café. This Groupon is valid for two locations in Phoenix and Scottsdale. Choose between the following options:
• For $12, you get $25 worth of Cuban fare.
• For $20, you get $39.95 worth of completas family meals for four, valid for take-out only.
Havana Café lets diners nibble on bits of Cuban culture with an award-winning menu packed with tapas and entrees. Patrons swinging by for lunch can order tapas plates such as the calamari fritos, squid bits tossed, toasted, and fried to a golden brown ($8.50), to share with friends or greedily eat in front of hungry enemies. The dinner selection includes hearty vegetarian dishes such as the berenjena con garbanzos ($17.95), which silences grumbling stomachs with grilled eggplant stuffed with chickpeas, manchego and parmesan cheeses, and fresh veggies. Havana Café's seafood specialty, the paella a la Havana, showcases a stomach-stretching concoction of lobster, clams, mussels, scallops, shrimp, chicken breast, chorizo, and pork ($35 for one, $68 for two)—a formidable feast for a dynamic fork-wielding duo or a whale that has already digested its Pinocchio-flavored breakfast. Alternatively, feed four with take-out completas meals, such as arroz con pollo or island fish ($39.95 each), which include rice, beans, cabbage salad, sweet plantains, Cuban bread, and a choice of dessert.
Restaurant veterans BJ and Gilbert Hernandez infuse Spanish and Latin flavors into traditional Cuban cuisine at both Havana Cafe locations, where chef BJ’s menu has been winning awards since 1989. BJ's tapas have caught the attention of critics at the Arizona Republic and Fodor's the latter describing the ham-and-chicken croquettes and shrimp pancakes as "marvelous." For the house specialty Paella a la Havana, BJ combines five types of seafood–– including lobster, mussels, and scallops––with chicken breast, chorizo, pork, and saffron, and the classic Cubano sandwich sees the chef carefully layering imported ham, mortadella, roast pork,swiss cheese, and pickles, and then pressing the savory stack into a thin, toasty sandwich. Those dining in-house can sample sangria that was voted No. 1 by the Phoenix New Times.