Havana is a sit-down restaurant where you can enjoy great steak and seafood entrees, but the real appeal for some of us Roadfooders is the 24-hour walk-up window and its Cuban sandwiches. There isn’t any formal outdoor seating. The hood of a car serves many customers as a makeshift dining table.
The Cuban sandwich is a simple combination of traditional ingredients: ham, roast pork, and Swiss cheese on Cuban bread that is always fresh, any time of day. Be forewarned that pickles, which are a standard ingredient at most places, are optional here… so if you want them, be sure to ask! Another great treat is the media noche sandwich, which is the same as a Cubano on the inside, but is made on really great tasting sweet bread. The contrast between the salty meats and cheese and the sweet bread makes for a really terrific sandwich.
On a recent visit I resisted the temptation to stick with the tried-and-true, and sampled a pan con bistec sandwich. Sirloin beef is thinly sliced and tender, garnished with grilled onions, lettuce, and tomato on Cuban bread. You can add cheese as well, which I did. I’d recommend leaving off the lettuce and tomato, thus creating something like a Cuban cheese steak!
There aren’t many options for late night meals in this area, and even fewer choices for a great Cubano at 5AM. Yet for a reasonable price you get a fine taste of Cuban fare at Havana, and it’s as fast as any fast-food joint.
Havana is conveniently located on the corner of South Dixie Highway and Forest Hill Boulevard, just a short distance from exit 49 off I-95, and just one exit south of West Palm Beach airport (Havana is also a favorite stop for picking up sandwiches that will draw envious stares from fellow airline passengers).