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.
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.
Inside the dining room at Cafe Caobana.
The Cuban Sandwich at Cafe Caobana
Coconut cup pastries
73 S Semoran Blvd, Orlando, FL 32807
Open from Monday to Thursday until 8.30 pm and Friday and Saturday until 10.30 pm