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Great Cuban--- in Old Homasassa?


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Great Cuban--- in Old Homasassa?

andy huse | Apr 29, 2005 09:58 AM

I recently dined with some friends at the Museum Cafe in Old Homasassa in Citrus County. Space-wise it is more museum than cafe, with a plethora of vintage printing equipment, an old Model T Ford with an interesting wooden cab, even a beautiful Wurlitzer juke box. Old Homasassa is also home to an old sugar mill and some beautiful views of the river flowing by.

I was intrigued a couple months ago when my friends told me that the small card-signs on the tables that describe the Cuban sandiwch bear a quotation--- "Original Cuban sandwiches come from Ybor City, everything else is just a sub. ---Andrew Huse, USF Florida Studies Center." The cafe's owner had picked this up somewhere, perhaps in conversation, perhaps from this website.

The cafe itself is small, as is the menu: Cuban sandwiches, mojo pork sandwiches, stuffed potatoes, deviled crabs, Spanish Bean soup, with little else. The proprietor orders most of his ingredients form Ybor's Tropicana. When the sandwiches arrived, i was immediately impressed by the bread, but the taste was excellent. The best Cuban I've had in years. I must admit, i have never had a Cuban at the Tropicana, though i've eaten many other things on their menu.

At the Museum Cafe, the sanwich has perfect proportion between bread and the meats. This is no ham and swiss. The flkavors are dominated by the roast pork, which was sliced thin and piled high. The salami is wisely placed on top of the other meats, so when the sandwich is pressed, the salami's juices moisten the rest. Moreover, the sandwich is well-pressed and hot upon arrival, giving the meats a chance to mingle their flavors.

The Spanish bean soup was good buyt cried out for Chorizo. The deviled crab was tasty but small. Out of the way but highly recommended!

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