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El Pueblo ceviche cafeteria in Tampa

Tandoori Girl | Apr 19, 200511:52 PM

I first went here a couple of months ago. It was at the former location of both Mexican and Cuban restaurants at the edge of MacFarland Park on Spruce between MacDill and Himes. There is a very long buffet when you walk in, with a mix of Cuban and Puerto Rican dishes, oddities such as baked turkey leg, chunks of fried pork rind, some of the usual suspects, followed by an entire section of various ceviches. Shrimp ceviche, conch ceviche, octopus ceviche, codfish ceviche, even a vegetable ceviche. They also have mufongo as a side dish, some sort of black sausage, freshly made empanadas, home-made bakery items (cakes, bread pudding, flan, custard). I had a mixture of the shrimp and octopus ceviche with two sides (green beans and pasta salad). It came with bread, add a soft drink in a can and the bill for all came to $10.75 so not the cheapest lunch but a nice change. There's a freezer case in the front with all sorts of foods stocked for take-out (looked like tamales). They have a full breakfast., typical eggs, bacon stuff. I know they have lunch but I didn't check to see if they're open for dinner.

Now don't kill me but the name might be El Pueblito. I'm worried I got it wrong. But whatever it is, you won't miss it. Nothing else around there. Give it a try.

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