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.
Try Texas Cuban's Cuban tamale or some black bean soup for authentic Latin-American fare in Austin's Zilker district.
Plan to indulge a bit at Texas Cuban, though, because they don't offer any low-fat fare.
With its kid-friendly vibe, Texas Cuban is a great spot for families to chow down.
Long guest list? Not a problem at Texas Cuban, where big parties will find plenty of room to spread out in comfort.
Sit outside when the weather is fine — Texas Cuban has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Texas Cuban is come-as-you-are.
You can also grab your food to go.
The restaurant is next to a parking lot, but drivers can also settle for street parking.
You'll like your bill almost as much as your meal at Texas Cuban, with meals usually costing less than $15.
For authentic Cuban cuisine, get lost in Cuban Sandwich Cafe's soups and stews.
Diners who avoid fat need to be careful, though, because Cuban Sandwich Cafe's menu does not offer low-fat options.
Grab the kids when you head to Cuban Sandwich Cafe — its family-oriented menu and ambience all perfect for the whole clan.
Sit outside at Cuban Sandwich Cafe and soak up the sun on those nice summer days.
For no extra charge, utilize Cuban Sandwich Cafe's free wifi.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
Chow down at Cuban Sandwich Cafe without blowing your budget — meals here usually cost less than $15.
Las Palmas in Lockhart is a Mexican restaurant that features a delicious menu. The great quality, set in a laid-back atmosphere, will make you a regular.
One of the better traditional Mexican joints in the area, making a trip to Las Palmas is never a bad call.
Slurp on flavorful soups and stews at Chago's, a Caribbean-style eatery in Austin's Highland district.
It's easy to find fare you love at Chago's, though fat levels are anything but low.
Chago's is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Chago's can seat both large and small groups.
Keep it casual at Chago's — the restaurant is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly.
Or, take your food to go.
At Chago's, you can park quickly and safely in a lot next door.
Chago's offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
Tabs at Chago's almost never exceed $15, so it's a great low-cost option for any time.