Word on the politics street is the United States and Cuba are friends again, playing marbles and hopscotch on the playground together like two old friends. We may not be experts on international politics, but if this development increases the possibility for more restaurants like 90 Miles Cuban Cafe then we're all in.
The name comes from the distance that the restaurant owners travelled as Cuban immigrants on a tiny boat from Havana to Key West in 1980. It's nice to see them living out the American dream with a restaurant whose food, design, and atmosphere are all authentically Cuban and authentically good. It's the kind of place where you can feel confident that pretty much anything you order will be delicious, but we like to stick to traditional dishes here as they're especially well-executed.
The actual building is tiny, but there are two separate patios that satisfy different needs. The front patio is the smaller and quieter of the two, and is the kind of space we imagine in Cuba would be full of old guys playing dominoes and talking baseball. It's ideal for hanging any time of day for a casual meal when it's nice outside.
The back patio is the biggest part of the restaurant, and where you'll most likely sit since it's covered and heated in the colder months. And that's a good thing if you're looking for a lively atmosphere full of colorful artwork and Latin music that makes you want to move in your seat. That atmosphere, combined with their BYOB policy, makes 90 Miles one of our go-to spots for Birthdays and Big Group Dinners. They also offer excellent mojito and sangria mixes, so plan accordingly and bring wine or rum.
Travel to Cuba may or may not get easier, but in the meantime 90 Miles Cuban Cafe is here to bridge the gap.
There’s a whole slew of options and you can’t go wrong with any of them - definitely start with at least a few to share. We’re big fans of the chorizo and spinach.
For the most part, this is going to be a heavy meal, so there’s nothing wrong with mixing in a few greens with the avocado salad.
Nothing like flash fried pork pieces with pickled onions and mojo de ajo. Dip the meat in the mojo de ajo, and keep calling it mojo de ajo because it sounds a lot sexier than garlic mayo, which is really all it is. Also available as an entree, but we usually only need a couple bites.
A classic Cuban dish and our favorite of the entrees. Slow cooked and shredded beef with onions, peppers, and garlic in a house creole sauce, plus rice, beans, and plantains on the side.
The typical sandwich with ham, roast pork, swiss cheese, pickle, and mustard. Yup, it’s good.
A battered shrimp sandwich with lettuce, tomato, onion, and a tomato-based sauce that complements the shrimp really well.