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 fork, knife, and today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Cuban fare at Virtually Cuban. Nestled in a secluded locale along a busy thoroughfare, Virtually Cuban sautés, presses, and fries a variety of authentic Cuban menu items to the beat of fast service and affordable prices. Empanadas ($2.60) envelop exotic combinations such as guava and cream cheese in warm, golden blankets of crust. The ropa vieja ($8.75), or "old clothes," culls its name from slow-cooked strands of shredded beef simmered in a wine-based tomato sauce with onions, bell peppers, and parachute pants. Those looking to grab a quick lunch may scour Virtually Cuban's selection of pressed sandwiches, which includes the traditional Havana Cuban, with slow roasted pork, ham, pickles, and mustard ($7.30), or the zesty pan con lechon, with chopped roasted pork and pickled red onions smothered between Cuban bread ($7.30). A variety of side dishes also offer patrons tasty pairings to each meal without having to invite a giant gingerbread man.
- Virtually Cuban is a good place to go when you are craving cuban food in Gainesville. It's quick too - you can take out or eat in - and they have a case you can peer in to if you want to decide what you want by the look of it. The staff is very friendly and the service is quick. – Heather S., Yelp
- The service was good but the food was better. I have spent 4 years in Gainesville and never visited once but that I have I wish i found this place sooner. The Portions are generous and very very tasty. – Google Mapper on 4/21/09
2409 SW 13th St.
Gainesville, Florida 32608Get Directions