Havana

Review by: Tony Bad

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).

Directions & Hours

  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours
  • Sunday: Open 24 hours

What To Eat

Sandwich Cubano

DISH
Garlic Shrimp

DISH
Roast Pork

DISH
Tamale

DISH
Tres Leches Cake

DISH
Chicken Soup

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Havana Recipes

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What do you think of Havana?

One Response to “Havana”

Mandy Steinhardt

January 6th, 2007

I can’t say this definitively because I haven’t been to Don Ramon’s, but Havana is awesome Cuban food, the best! Havana has consistently good food, whether you order at the window, or have a full sit-down meal.

The lemonade is amazing; all the fruit juices are freshly squeezed, make sure to try it. The palomilla steak is my favorite, a beaten steak with onions, all marinated with lime. I try to bring out of town guests here to get a taste of Cuban food before they go back home. And I can’t go for long without that garlic Cuban bread they give you before each meal, buttery toasted and pressed…

I’ve also been here once at some crazy hour of night due to a flan craving. The window is open 24/7. It wasn’t as fun, it’s a dangerous corner in the middle of the night. But the flan and tres leches are delicious. The tres leches is a sweet white cake with a sauce on top like a sweetened condensed milk sauce (thus the name, meaning three milks). It is amazing but messy. You can also get some plantain chips or a number of savory pastries, or of course a cafe Cubano. Be careful, the parking lot is always full, and it’s a tight squeeze!

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