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Cuban in Hemet

scott duncan | Mar 20, 200206:57 PM

For what it is worth if any chowhounds are travelling through Hemet and want a change from the easily available Mexican food may I reccomend Cuban Cafe. My family and I ate there last week and it was a pretty decent experience. We where there at dinner so I didn't order from the probably over ten sandwiches available (including the famous cubano, a media noche and a spanish chorizo sandwhich). Next time I am getting take out lunch this is where it will be. Dinner was bistec for me and chicken fricase for my wife. Both where good, hers was better. It was a leg and thigh in a tasty sauce. Both meals came with a sizable amount of white rice (tender, buttery, distinct grains) and black beans, just like those I have had in Florida. Both orders came with sweet fried plaintains with a rich carmely smoky charred flavor that I thought was one of the highlights of the meal. My son picked the fried chicken which was fine but there is only so much you can do with fried chicken (he's only four he will learn...) They have a number of different atypical soft drinks and several desserts. We shared some guava pastry that was fair but not great. I am not sure how this place would rate compared to a city with better choices but for Hemet it is pretty good ethnic cuisine that was pretty authentic and tasty as well. Of the available choices this is my current top pick. This place is located in a strip mall on San Jacinto Blvd. (it is actually in San Jacinto to those who make the distinction) at the Northeast intersection of San Jacinto Blvd. and Esplanade.

scott duncan

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