Spice Up Your Life with Cuban Cuisine

You don't have to be Cuban to enjoy what their cuisine has to offer. Whether you opt for the traditional Cuban sandwich, the popular mojo pork, the necessary black beans and rice, ropa vieja and other tasty staples such as the decadent pastelitos, you can't go wrong.

Havana Harry's takes choices to a new level with fresh ingredients and a host of tempting choices, while old favorites such as The Floridian have been winning awards - and tempting palates - with a host of sandwiches and sides since they opened in 1993. Another favorite is Tangelo's Grille where you can pick up an array of tasty brunch options along with Cuban staples. 

A not-to-be-missed hole-in-the-wall favorite is Barracuda where you'll find an array of selections including sweet cakes and pastries. Downtown St Pete is where you'll find the ever - popular Bodega, which has been dishing up favorites to locals and visitors alike since 2013.

Then, of course, Columbia restaurants, in several locations are always a top choice.

St. Petersburg
Caribbean Cafe
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Located in a small strip on Central Ave. the Caribbean Café offers tasty Cuban fare, while providing a pleasant break from the outside world. The soothing décor is the perfect backdrop for the specialties served there. As you might expect, the...  Read More

Treasure Island
The Floridian
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The awards lining the walls are testament to their tasty cuisine, but the real proof comes when you sink your teeth into their award-winning Cuban sandwich. Loaded with ham, spiced pork, Genoa salami, Swiss cheese, dill pickle, mustard and a...  Read More

St. Petersburg
Tangelo's Grille
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Located in one of the area's most charming areas, Tangelo's has dished up a wide selection of Cuban fare since it first opened in downtown St Petersburg in 1987. It's also one of the few places in the area where you can get brunch on weekends....  Read More

Havana Harry's Market 2
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This newest addition to Havana Harry's just opened in July 2016 a few miles from the original and is already drawing rave reviews. The underlying theme here is "family," and "fresh, healthy food." This family-owned restaurant spares no detail...  Read More

Tia's Authentic Latin Food
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This laid-back family-owned restaurant has been around for awhile and is a favorite with locals, as well as savvy tourists who crave authentic Latin American cuisine. The Cuban Reuben gets rave reviews with the addition of sauerkraut, instead of...  Read More

St. Pete Beach
Barracuda Deli Cafe
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You might not expect a restaurant with such a name to be home to delicious Cuban and Mexican cuisine, but that's just one of the pleasant surprises you'll find at Barracuda. Tucked into the proverbial hole-in-the-wall on St Pete Beach, you'll...  Read More

Columbia Restaurant - SandKey

A Florida tradition - in various locations - since Cuban immigrant Casimiro Hernandez Sr opened his first restaurant in 1905 in Tampa's Ybor City, Columbia restaurants are still owned and operated by the family's fourth and fifth generations....  Read More

St. Petersburg
Photo courtesy of M. Richmond

It may not look like much, but this hole-in-the-wall walk-up eatery tucked into downtown St Petersburg's Edge District is a "must" for anyone in search of fresh - and delicious - Cuban cuisine. Choose from a surprising selection of sandwiches,...  Read More

St. Petersburg
Habana Cafe
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Visitors and locals alike rave about the old country Cuban cuisine you can treat yourself to at the Habana Café. Tucked into charming Gulfport, it's a favorite with locals and tourists alike. Whether you select appetizers such as the tasty...  Read More

St. Petersburg
Pipo's Cafe
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This family-owned St. Petersburg landmark has been consistently dishing up tasty Cuban fare since 1979, garnering top marks as one of the best in the area. Signature sandwiches such as palomilla steak - a tasty combination of grilled and breaded...  Read More


Meet Michelle da Silva Richmond

Michelle da Silva Richmond is an award-winning travel editor and member of the Society of American Travel Writers and other journalism organizations. 

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