Jorge Castillo: You REALLY have to be looking for Cuban food in Las Vegas to find the Florida Café.

Glenn Lindgren: It's pretty far off of the beaten track, in this case the famous Las Vegas Strip.

Jorge Castillo: Maybe if you and that special someone are tying the knot here – there are several of those 24-hour wedding chapels located nearby!

Glenn Lindgren: The Florida Café is not easy to find, but once you get here the trip is worth it.

Raúl Musibay: The owners help you along with their advertising – you'll see their signs at just about every bus stop on the Strip. The restaurant is attached to the Howard Johnson's Motor Hotel. Enter the parking lot through the archway that faces Las Vegas Boulevard – there's plenty of free parking in the back.

Glenn Lindgren: The Florida Café is actually located in an area that is filled with great little hole-in-the-wall restaurants. If you like to eat and are adventurous – as we are – this is the place to go.

Raúl Musibay: There is a very good barbecue place near here.

Florida Café has an ornate bar in the front room. You can eat at the bar or enjoy a Cuban beer.

Florida Cafe

Jorge Castillo: Our biggest surprise was the quality of the Cuban bread. We really didn't expect to find any Cuban bread in the middle of the desert.

Glenn Lindgren: The bread, although not exactly Miami style, does make for a great Cuban sandwich here, a generous amount of meat and cheese perfectly toasted on the plancha until the cheese is gooey.

Jorge Castillo: The menu is large, with all of the traditional favorites.

Glenn Lindgren: You can select your side dishes here, and in addition to the standard frijoles negros and rice, be sure to try some yuca frita or tostones. Both are made hot and fresh.

Raúl Musibay: They also serve Cuban pizza with the toppings I like including tasajo, bacalao, and ropa vieja.

Jorge Castillo: Save room for the helados Cubano, Cuban-style ice cream. Especially nice to have on a hot day in the Nevada desert!

Masitas de puerco fritas (fried pork pieces) are a stand out.
Glenn Lindgren: I sent my sister and her husband in here a few months ago to try out their breakfasts, and they were very surprised how good they were.

Raúl Musibay: So stop in some morning for the Cubano or Croqueta Breakfasts.

HOURS: Open daily 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

PRICES: Entrees between $12.00 to $20.00. Sandwiches at $7.99 to &10.99. Breakfast $7.50 to $9.00.

DRESS: Casual

BAR: Beer and Wine



Glenn Lindgren: The bistec de palomilla is especially flavorful. It is so easy to ruin this thin-cut steak, but they know what they are doing in the kitchen here. Ours was fork tender with just the right amount of mojo infused flavor.

Jorge Castillo: The pollo de la plancha, a thin chicken breast was cooked to perfection. It is so easy to overcook this dish. This was one of the best we've had in a long time, tender and juicy!

Glenn Lindgren: Served with a cup of frijoles negros, this makes a great lunch or dinner for just $10.95.

Jorge Castillo: The pollo asado is a popular dish here and rightfully so. The chicken has that deep flavor that comes from slow roasting, a tender juicy serving of chicken spiked with garlic.

The Details

Florida Café
1401 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89104

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