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: for $7, you get $14 worth of Cuban fare at MJ's Cuban Cafe near the Cleveland Heights Golf Course.
MJ's Cuban Cafe fills empty bellies with a menu's's worth of Cuban cuisine, classic Cuban sandwiches, and desserts. Traditional pressed sandwiches include the predictably titled Cuban, a porcine delight with sliced ham, shredded pork, and salami on Cuban bread ($6.25). Obsessive-compulsive taste buds can embark on the delicious mission of sampling each of the daily specials ($7.75–$9.75), and belligerent sweet teeth are pacified by an ample roster of authentic desserts and pastries, including flan ($2.95) and Cuban-style bread pudding ($2.50). Beer ($3 domestic, $3.50 imported) and wine ($4.99–$5.99 per glass) irrigate the throat-canal along with Cuban milkshakes in tropical flavors such as papaya, mango, guava, guanabana, and banana ($3.25).
- Even if MJ’s isn’t real close, you’ll want to make the drive because real good Cuban food is what you get at MJ’s. – Marialice Quinn, Inside Polk
- The baker is generous with the guava and cheese in turnovers. Cookies are just plain good. Rice pudding is a cut above good, and flans are super. – Trent Rowe, The Ledger.