Sunday, June 15, 2008

Emilio's Cuban Cafe

Things were swingin' at Emilio's Cuban Cafe in Bonaire Saturday night. Located in the strip mall at 402 GA Highway 247, Suite 300, this welcoming Cuban cafe-restaurant is well worth a visit if you're in the area. When we arrived just after 7pm, the live music was cranked up and the atmosphere was buzzing. The main dining area was full and people were enjoying the entertainment. We were seated in a booth in the bar area and our server took time to explain some of the less-familiar items on the menu.

Emilio's menu offers a variety of authentic Cuban dishes ranging from sandwiches to full entrées. We chose the Lechon Asado (Mojo marinated roast pork) and the Ropa Vieja (slow-cooked shredded beef in a creole sauce). The entrées include sides with a choice of red or black beans; white or yellow rice; sweet or green plantains; and fried or boiled yuca.

Other than being a tad salty, the meats were delicious and the sides added a great variety of flavors and textures to the meal. The food arrived quickly and the portions were generous. We were well satisfied. Emilio's is a place to enjoy good food and hospitality, which are closely related in Cuban culture. Combining the food and the atmosphere, I felt in no hurry to eat and run. This was my first time eating Cuban cuisine and I'm definitely ready to try more. I noted that Emilio's is also open for breakfast, so maybe I'll stop by there one morning.


Jonathan H. Harwell said...

Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the tip. I'll be waiting for your breakfast review with bated breath. I'm always fascinated with the breakfast menus at ethnic restaurants. Gezuar!

Anonymous said...

We have eaten there twice and are headed there tonight. It is excellent and very very close to what we have enjoyed with my in-laws in Florida. It is certainly a welcome addition to all of the local favorites !!!!!

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Anonymous said...

Authenic Cuban food, Miami style Cuban cafe, Cuban art and awesome Cuban music!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
More along the way of "Ricky Ricardo" ambiance...and the Mojito's rock!

Anonymous said...

Cafe Con Leche!!!!!!!!
thats all I have to say!!!!

Cathy Santamarina said...

This place is awesome I spent an entire night there. We went in for dinner and we wound up eating, drinking mojitos, and dancing! The Yuca and mojitos are amazing. Oh and don't forget to take a loaf of cuban bread home :)