If your looking or expecting Denny’s or IHOP, that’s down the road. If you looking for traditional homemade Latin flavors, then Cuban Café is the place. Cuban Café in Pompano Beach is a small traditional Latin restaurant located on Powerline Road. It’s your typical Mom & Pop hole-in-the-wall spot (meant in a good way), that offers breakfast and lunch at really good prices.
Drive too fast and you might miss this place, which blends in with most of the other industrial buildings in the area. The parking lot is small and can be a challenge with the larger trucks in the area. Yes, some industrial areas can seem “sketchy” but this is area is really on the low end of the sketchy scale.
The inside is quite small with counter seating just comfortable enough to eat and head on your way. The main kitchen is in back, but it looks like most of the prep work goes on behind the counter in full view.
Breakfast Review – The breakfast menu is on the smaller side with eggs, toast, potatoes and meats offered. The two breakfast specials come with Cuban Coffee or Café con Leche and most breakfast plates come with freshly made Cuban buttered toast.
I ordered the bacon omelet ($4.50) that’s served with breakfast potatoes topped with onions and Cuban toast. The bacon here seems to be deep fried, but strangely it wasn’t greasy. It was thicker so it stood up to the fryer well and had a nice salty flavor. The egg was on the thin side, but fresh and held together nicely. We also liked the potatoes too, not overly seasoned and fried on the grill. The onions on top were more on the raw side, but were sweet, so we finished them up. The Cuban toast was served almost right after we ordered and it was hot off the press and delicious.
Jeff ordered the Breakfast Special ($5.50) – 2 eggs scrambled with bacon and potatoes, also served with the Cuban toast. You get your choice of coffee and he went for the Cuban Coffee. Eggs were fresh and scrambled well. He wasn’t really a fan of the deep fried bacon, but that didn’t seem to stop him from finishing it. He really liked the Cuban Coffee.
The service was friendly and fast and the prices were on the lower side. Cuban Café is makes our list for inexpensive local flavor breakfast spots. We’ve heard some really good things about lunch and stopped in a few days later.
Weekday Lunch Review – One suggestion I have if you plan on going during the week is to call and place your order ahead. Limited seating and a loyal weekday lunch crowd make for a possible longer wait time. When I arrived he place was beginning to fill up and was soon standing room only. Many surrounding businesses call in for take-out, which can back things up a bit in the kitchen.
They have a few daily specials during the week, but I ordered off of the regular menu and decided to get my order to-go. Ordering was quick and easy and I took a seat. The order did seem to take a bit longer than expected, but they were really working hard to keep up with the orders. So e food takes a bit longer to prepare, so if you are on a hurry, keep that in mind. One of my orders was deep fried, so that put some extra time on the wait. After maybe 25 minutes, I had my order, which was in the Styrofoam clamshell containers in a neatly tied plastic bag.
Fried chicken wings and fries ($6.99). Yes, I know this isn’t very ‘Cuban’ but I had a taste for some wings and figured I would give them a try. Six wings come in this order and they are not whole wings, but drumettes and flats (like most places). I found them to be a bit too greasy to really enjoy, but liked that they but the buffalo sauce on the side. They were your standard fried chicken wings that didn’t really stand out for me. The fries were the frozen thinner variety and they too were a bit too greasy to enjoy.
Roast pork with black beans and rice ($7.99). The menu says that this pork is marinated for 24 hours and I totally believe that claim. This pork was the bright spot of my lunch and it was moist and tender with great flavor. This tasted homemade and I would order his again without hesitation. The rice was fluffy and fresh and the black beans were really flavorful as well. The portion size was quite large making this one heck of a deal too.
Cuban Café is located at 1699 N Powerline Road Pompano Beach FL 33069