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A Taste of Cuba in Downtown DeLand

In a town where the most multi-cultured offering is the drink - around - the - world - club, the Havana Cuba restaurant is the real thing. Cuban owners Juan and Susana and Susanaís sister Teresita run the whole operation, located at 210 N. Woodland Blvd. (past Nations on the right). Juan cooks all the food fresh and authentic, and Teresita serves it up along with a big portion of friendliness and conversation.

The atmosphere is family-like and fun and, most importantly, the food is delicious. Anyone who complains about the Commons having no flavor needs to come here. However, flavor does not mean spicy. For those who like spicy, there are extra sauces on the table, made locally here in DeLand.

Havana Cuba also has a large variety. In addition to the entrees (most about $7.95), there are sandwiches (including famous Cuban sandwich, $4.50), desserts (also homemade by Juan), tropical shakes (batidos), delicious frozen coffee (cafť chada), and Sangria, made from a recipe of Juanís great-grandmother.

Sisters Joy and Jen Carney (a communication studies major and a Masterís of English candidate, respectively) visit Havana Cuba at least once a week. "Everything is good here, and itís all homemade," said Jan Carney. Her favorite is probably the tamale especial ($6.99) which comes with black beans, Cuban bread and your choice of plantains or yuca.

In fact, all the entrees are large enough that you never leave hungry. The sandwiches are also great for something fast (five minutes tops) "unless youíre like us and sit here forever" said Joy Carney.

Besides the most popular dishes, like Pollo Salteado (shredded chicken in red sauce) and Polo a la Parilla (grilled chicken breast with onions and mojo criollo), thereís also a vegetarian offering, and of course the desserts: Flan, Guava, Key Lime Pie and Tres Leches (3 milks). And for something to drink: the usual, plus Cuban soda, Guava nectar and, of course, the famous Sangria (really yummy).

"The most important thing is the atmosphere," said the Carneys. Sometimes itís really busy and sometimes quiet. But itís always friendly, and the walls are filled with Cuban art and newspaper clippings.

Regular hours are Monday to Wednesday 11-3 , Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11-9, closed Sunday. But for parties and special occasions, reservations can be made for the weekend. Havana Cuba also does catering, and in the past has catered a Latin party at Stetson.

Other events to watch for are Friday Paella (a traditional Spanish rice dish) night with a free glass of wine. And of course Stetson students get a 10 percent discount. So far something tastier than Subway, more authentic than Taco Bell and more fun than the Hat Rack, yo quiero Havana Cuba.

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210 N. Woodland Blvd.
DeLand, Florida 32720
(386) 736-7726


Hours:
Monday - Friday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday - Friday 5:00 PM - 9:00PM
Saturday 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Closed Sunday
- Catering Available -

 

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