After the last time visiting Cuban Cafe in Hemet I promised myself I would go back for sandwiches for lunch rather than the dinner fare I ordered last time. I took the family but this time we got take out as I had to get back to work. We ordered a Cubano Sandwich, a mdia noche, and a beefsteak sandwich which we shared. The cubano seemed to have all the traditional characteristics: Cuban bread, grilled with a press so that both sides grill and the sandwich becomes compacted, ham, pork, swiss cheese, pickle, cut at an angle and no mustard. It was hot and tasty and a great deal better then any other sandwich I have had in town. The media noche was a lighter sweeter bread and was also very good. The beefsteak sandwich included batter fried cutlet to replace the pork from the other sandwiches. The highlight of the meal was the fried yucca. We hadn't ordered it but they threw it in complimentary and it was excellent. The smell of garlic wafted off of it and we couldn't wait to getting back to my office to start eating the fries. There was not such a decided garlic taste as there was aroma but the crispy exterior gave way to soft interior. Not mealy like french fries but soft flaky texture almost. I feel like going back for orders of just the yucca as it was so good. We also ordered a mango shake which was good though I wouldn't have minded if it was more mango-ey. The lemonade was fresh squeezed and also very good, and on the counter where several choices of different pastries to choose from for dessert such as guava with cheese pastry.
I can't imagine what might bring a Chowhound to Hemet but if so this is certainly a top choice in town. I think this place could even give some bigger city places a run for there money when it comes to tasty traditional cuban fare.
Cuban cafe is in the shoping center on the northeast corner of the intersection of San Jacinto and Esplanade.
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