Key Largo Cuban Restaurant
My Favorite Cuban Restaurant in Key Largo
This fast-food Cuban restaurant, located at Mile Marker 103.2 Bayside is one of our Key Largo favorites.
Its name is "La Casa de los Jugos," Spanish for "The Juice House." The menu offers authentic Cuban cuisine plus numerous fruit juices, some of which those outside the hispanic-american culture may never have heard of.
Besides a glass of juice from the familiar pineapple, you can also get juice from the guava, mamey, mango, and papaya. Actually, they serve about 15 to 20 different kinds of fruit juices. One of my favorites is watermelon juice. What a great way to enjoy watermelon. Just juice it and drink the juice. It makes me wonder why we North Americans never thought to do that.
On our most recent trip to Key Largo, my wife, son, father-in-law and I headed straight for la Casa the first night in town.
Inside the Juice House
We had black beans and rice, along with fried plantains. We also enjoyed the "carne molida" (ground beef properly spiced up to Cuban standards) and "ropa vieja" (literally, "old clothes" but this is a pulled beef or pork dish--I'm not sure which--once again, spiced up to suit Cuban tastes).
Plantains are a large type of banana, suitable for cooking. There are two varieties of fried plantains--"tostones" and "maduros." Tostones are smashed and fried green plantains, while maduros are the ripened fruits fried in what tastes like butter and brown sugar. The maduros go especially well with beans, rice, and meat dishes.
On future visits, I'm going to try the paella, a traditional dish originating in Valencia, Spain consisting usually of a variety of shellfish, sometimes chicken, and peas, all mixed up with yellow rice, and spiced to perfection.
Don't want a full meal? Try an old favorite--the Cuban sandwich.
La Casa serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and the menu is posted on the wall.
While you're there, say say hello to Maribel Reyes, the owner. This hard-working lady has every right to be proud of her establishment.
Maribel Reyes Makes Great Cuban Food
Oh, and one last thing--before you leave "la Casa" you might want to finish off your meal with a cup of strong Cuban expresso, or maybe a "cafe con leche."
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