Cuban Food is Oh So Good!

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This past weekend, I took a little road trip to Minneapolis, Minnesota.  I had never been there before, so I was excited to see the sights and taste all the different foods the city had to offer.  The first restaurant I visited was a cute little Cuban joint called Victor’s 1959 Cafe.

I went there around 11 o’clock, so I had my choice of breakfast and lunch foods.  I chose to order the Basque Scrambler, which is described as “3 eggs scrambled and topped with  a Creole stew of Spanish chorizo, ham, onions, garlic, green & red peppers.”  Sounds great, doesn’t it?  It really was delicious.  I wouldn’t quite call it a “stew,” as it wasn’t very moist, but the flavors all blended together really nicely without being too spicy.

My boyfriend ordered the Bay of Pigs Sandwich, a “traditional Cuban pulled pork sandwich…pulled pork loin drenched in our delicious house mojo.”  Mojo sauce is made with lime juice, making it very tangy and much different from the BBQ sauce-slathered pulled pork I’m used to.  It was definitely tasty, though.  It also came with a side of fried yucca (a plant related to the agave family) covered in even more mojo.

I found some common themes among most of the dishes, namely the presence of rice, beans, and sweet fruits like plantains, mangoes, and guavas.

This was my first foray into the world of Cuban food and I definitely enjoyed it.  Victor’s 1959 Cafewas a great place to be introduced to it, as well. It was a great, laid-back place made interesting by the graffiti covering the walls and the old-fashioned Cuban knick-knacks.

If you want to try some delicious Cuban dishes, start with these!
Cuban Beans and Rice
Cuban Sandwiches
Cuban Style Flan
Ropa Vieja Cuban Meat Stew
Bollos

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  • Michael

    I’m a big fan of Victors — A really great place for a hot summer evening to sit on the porch and while away a few hours with food (and a few cervazas if one is so inclined).

  • Jennifer

    Love Victor’s!! Haven’t been there forever! Thanks for the reminder!

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