Calle Ocho Miami Coffee House - Rancho Cucamonga
located in a strip mall along with auto shops this hidden jem brings you to Cuba with out your passport.
The owners Denise and Fernando use family recipes for all of there items along with each item being made to order so it does take some time.
Going there and talking to the owners if its your first time or a regular is like talking to friends and you could spend your day talking and eating there easy as I found out when I was there.
The building itself is not large and most of the sitting is at the counter where there are 6 bar stool seats, They do have 3 tables with 2 seats each but i recomend to sit at the counter to the owner or chef and see your food being made, and they do have a few tables set up.
The Maduros or Plantains are custard like texture but it is just fresh plantain that is fried just enough to get a light caramelization on the edges.
They do come out hot and with no sauce or any added items but its perfect that was as you can really taste the true flavor of them. Notes of orange blossom and floral hits like of rose or plumeria, along with vanillin You do not get much taste of banana in any way.
The Empanada is from her grandmothers recipe and has a choice of pork, chicken, beef or Guava & Queso.
The Empanadas is fried and the shell is very crisp with a sweet taste along with it being having a sugar like sweetness that is sticky on the out.
The shell brings a great depth of flavor and texture to the filling that is to the pint it is overflowing.
The Lecchon filling is just pure pork with no fat, gristle or anything but meat. The flavor goes very well and gets gut with the shell to make this work behond any expictation you may have.
The Yuca Rellena is a Cuban style hand held meat pie.
The yuca has the constancy of mashed potatoes. The filling is moist with a bunch of spice but not overpowering. The filling has no gristle or fat and does have some vegetables.
The flavor is like a hand meat pie that does have the flavors and texture of one. Once you get into it, it does give off a-lot of juice and oil from the meat.
The fry is light just so it is held together and the yuca is heated through.
This is what you come here for, The Cubano Classico!
This is made to the old recipe and is what i am guessing is from their grandmother also.
The Lechon Asado used is the standard that they use through out most of there items.
The ham tastes like it is from a bone in ham roast but my guess is processed ham.
The swiss cheeses is not really noticeable but does hold all the meat together.
The pickle is crisp and has a great flavor with not a had brine.
The bread is toasted to perfection and is based is garlic & herb butter.