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