Get a Taste of Cuba at One of These Three Local Eateries
By: Michael Fossbakk
May 20, 2016
Today marks the 114th anniversary of Cuba’s Independence Day and what better way to celebrate a country’s national holiday than with some of their own cuisine? The metro Detroit area has a few restaurants serving up Cuban cuisine that we think are worth checking out.
Probably the most popular Cuban restaurant in the metro Detroit area, Vincente’s Cuban Cuisine has become a staple for Cuban dining in the city of Detroit. Located on Library St. in the heart of the Motor City, Vincente’s was founded in 2005 by Vincente Vazquez, who wanted to bring authentic Cuban cuisine to the people of Detroit. Some dishes of note are the traditional Arroz con Pollo (saffron rice and chicken served with sweet plantains and avocado salad) and the Sandwich Cubano Grande (pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, lite mustard and mayo on pressed Cuban bread).
Take a queue from its name and you’ll learn exactly what Frita Batidos has to offer. Located on Washington St. in Ann Arbor, Frita Batidos’ menu looks simple on the surface, but the cuisine is all Cuban. A frita is a Cuban hamburger, traditionally made from spicy chorizo with shoestring fries on top in a soft egg bun, and a batido is a tropical milkshake made with fresh fruit, crushed ice and sweetened milk. The batido is served with or without dark rum. Frita Batidos also has plenty of sides to choose from, but if a frita isn’t your thing, they also serve a few other items like the “Inspired Cuban,” a Cuban sandwich made with roast pork loin, bacon, tasso ham, Comté, cornichons & chipotle mayo on Cuban bread.
If you find yourself on the east side of the state in St. Clair Shores craving some Cuban cuisine, look no further than Waves. With plenty of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and pasta entrees, Waves dishes out Cuban cuisine in an eclectic atmosphere. Look over the appetizers and you’ll find finger food to die for, such as Pork Fusion Stix (carnitas pork spring rolls served with guacamole & plum sauce), Escargot and Oyster Rockefeller (Long Island oysters on the half shell baked with spinach, bacon and parmesan cheese with a hint of pernod). But, the literal meat of the menu comes from the sandwiches. Aside from also carrying a traditional Cuban sandwich, patrons can chomp down on a great Turkey Reuben, Tuna Melt, Fuji Island Sandwich, Waves Paradise Burger and more.