With its ever-changing coordinates and conspicuous absence from the Beach Boys’ “Kokomo,” Cuba is one of the more difficult to locate Caribbean nations. Dig into this enigma with a fork, knife, and today’s Groupon to La Bodeguita de Vero in Vero Beach. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of Cuban fare for dinner. Dinner is served from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- For $10, you get $20 worth of Cuban fare for lunch. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.<p>
La Bodeguita de Vero curates a diverse menu of traditional Cuban meals and specialty drinks, served up family style. Stuffed tostones ($7.50) jump-start digestive engines by delivering sizzling jolts of shredded beef, ropa vieja, or beef in salsa criolla. Placate growling stomachs with savory fillets of grilled salmon sidled next to boiled veggies ($13), or tooth-wrestle the fricase de cerdo–tender cuts of pork simmering alongside potatoes in a special Cuban sauce ($13.50). Sandwiches ($6+) volunteer to occupy restless jazz hands with meaty stacks of steak, fish, and chicken. To offset piquant mouthfuls, diners can corral energy-packed gulps of cortadito ($1.50) or a Cuban mango milkshake ($3.50).
Inside La Bodeguita, colorful artwork parades around a spacious dining room, where soft lighting cascades from low-hung fixtures. In the style of a classic Cuban eatery or a haunted crayon factory, a designated wall stoically waits for the scrawled signatures and messages of guests.