Well-rounded tastes of true Cuba
Buchi Café Cubano warms your tastebuds
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 01:11
Nestled on the corner of 38th Avenue and Clay Street you’ll find Buchi Café Cubano, a humble joint with a small patio seating area perfect for those balmy winter days when the snow is at bay and the sun is shining bright.
As you approach the entrance you will be lured in by the hypnotic aroma that barely escapes the threshold.
Upon entering, you will be immersed in the full-bodied aroma rising from the kitchen, the smell hugging and teasing your senses to the brink of oblivion.
As you wait to be seated, take time to admire the various paintings of Cuban culture that decorate the room. Yellow and orange walls adorned with images of roaming fields on the countryside give you a glimpse of the culture that is about to take your taste buds on the ride of their life.
Deciding what to order will be difficult because everything smells and sounds so amazing that you will want to try it all. But if you have to make a choice you should go with the Aye Conyo ($8.75).
This pressed sandwich is a taste bud’s dream with roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, onion, mustard, pepperoni, turkey, jalapeño peppers, and key lime mayo. You’ll be in bliss with every bite.
If that’s too much for your palate, try the Cuban Mix ($7.75), a simpler sandwich with pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, onions, and mustard. It has all the flavor without the punch, and it’s a great choice for those who prefer their Latin on the mild side.
To add a side of spunk to your meal, add on an order of empanadas ($4.95). These chicken-filled pastries are served with chimichurri sauce—a mixture of chopped parsley, garlic, olive oil, oregano, and white vinegar—for dipping. This finger food will add some fun to your meal, and each bite will keep you coming back for more.
Buchi Café Cubano also has a variety of both alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks that are the perfect complement to your meal. Try the Paloma, a blend of blanco tequila and grapefruit juice with a splash of soda. It’s a refreshing break from the heat coming from your plate.
Save room for a warm espresso to round out your Cuban excursion. With several options to choose from, there is sure to be something for you.
Whether it’s a Cortadito, a shot of espresso with steamed milk ($2.25), or a straight Buchi, a traditional Cuban espresso ($1.50), there is sure to be something to satisfy your cravings.
Buchi Café Cubano has everything from a friendly staff and welcoming environment, to great food and beverages to make it one of the best places to treat yourself to a little Latin culture.