Things are looking up for those of us who have been craving homestyle Cuban food. Sabor Cubano Buffet has just opened on Camelback east of the I-17. I noticed the sign when I was driving to work a few days ago, and a coworker and I tried it today at lunchtime. All food is currently served buffet style (our server told us that her mama is the cook) and everything we tried was very tasty. She said that the items available will change somewhat from day to day, and on weekends there will be specials, "muy rica," possibly to include oxtail soup. Today there was rice with black beans, chicken in a saffron sauce, beef sauteed with onions, stewed pork riblets, another rice dish with what appeared to be tuna (didn't try that one), and a few other things including golf ball-size potato fritters with a meat stuffing. There were two soups, one a brothy but tasty split pea with ham, and chicken fideo. Also there were mysterious fried squiggly bits of something that my friend, who is from Latin America, decided was made of green plantains that had been run through a meat grinder. After we were full we realized there was a salad table that we had missed. A dessert table held a couple of uninspired-looking puddings and jello, which we skipped.
There was a large party from a nearby medical center, so we hope they will provide enough business to sustain this place. It is open for lunch and dinner until 8:00. We don't know if the food is the same at lunch and dinner but this question obviously calls for more research on our part.
Sabor Cubano Buffet
2030 W Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ