Brandon >La Cubanita Cafe
Great Cubans and Great Rojo Vieja. La cubanita has served me with a great one on one experience and has excellent food. I believe that the comment above was by a local competitor. Thier Ropa Vieja is excellent and I recommend this restaurant to all my friends.
Good food; horrible service. How does a great Cuban restaurant get such a low ranking - it is rather easy actually - service. One of the great things about Tampa Bay is that you can get Cuban food on just about any street, so to be excellent - you must be excellent in all aspects. La Cubanita (Valrico) has all of the obligatory items and the food is always fresh, hot and seasoned just the way it should be. The interior decor is well above average and the location is adequate; portions are larger than normal and the price point is well positioned. But all of this can be oversshadowed in a moment with a bad experience with an employee. The intersting point is that the other La Cubanita in brandon always has superior service with friendly employees; and the majority of the employees in Valrico are friendly and helpful. The problem lies with someone that appears to be the owner, he is brash and abrasive - almost to the point of making you feel not welcome. I have been back several times and his attitude never changes (although he is not always there). Like I said before, the food is great and generally the atmosphere very welcoming but with so many choices out there in Cuban food sector, this one falls short in the overall category.
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