Cafe Caobana – Scenes

Cafe Caobana – Scenes

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Just north of the SR 408 on busy Semoran Blvd is an often overlooked restaurant called Cafe Caobana that specializes in Cuban dishes.

At the entrance is a small bakery area decked out with trays of cheesy quesitos, guava pastries, and other beloved Cuban pastries.

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Just a little further to the back is a rather unexpectedly large dining area.

You can order all the Cuban favorites from vaca frita to ropa vieja and carne guisado or arroz con pollo, and of course, a whole list of Cuban sandwiches. There’s a breakfast menu as well for the early risers.

Service is a bit brusque, on our visit there seemed to be only one server (who might also be one of the owners).

I am not the biggest fan of Cuban sandwiches – I find them to be a bit dry sometimes and a bit plain with just ham and cheese, and pickles. But I do love the tripleta sandwiches, which is often full of three types of meat such as pork, beef, and chicken.

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Inside the dining room at Cafe Caobana.

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The Cuban Sandwich at Cafe Caobana
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Coconut cup pastries SONY DSC

Guava pastries

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Tiramisu

Cafe Caobana
73 S Semoran Blvd, Orlando, FL 32807
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cafe-Caobana/613370485357476?__fns&hash=Ac3TCsXg_4agkTMg
Open from Monday to Thursday until 8.30 pm and Friday and Saturday until 10.30 pm

Ricky Ly founded TastyChomps.com in 2008 as a local Orlando food blog dedicated to finding the tastiest bits and pieces of Orlando as well as around the world. His first book, Food Lovers' Guide to Orlando: The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings (Food Lovers' Series) is available now on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. Photography is taken using a Canon EOS 6D and a Sony Nex-3. In 2017, he was inducted into the Orlando Sentinel's Culinary Hall of Fame. He is also featured in the Orlando Sentinel's Central Florida 100, a weekly opinion column featuring 100 of the most influential people in local government, politics and culture. In 2018, he was chosen by the Orlando Weekly as one of the "Ten People Making Orlando a Better Place to Be." E-mail him at tastychomps(at)gmail.com. Google

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