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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

A fantastic late-night Cuban meal

Flacos
Flacos

On the corner of W University Avenue and SW 2nd Street you’ll find an unassuming restaurant called Flaco’s Cuban Bakery & Coffee. This little restaurant could easily be overlooked, but I highly recommend giving it a try.

Flaco’s offers authentic Cuban food, pastries and coffee. The atmosphere is laid-back and the prices are reasonable. Flaco’s isn’t exactly cheap, but in my opinion the quality of the food is worth the price (my sandwich and coffee cost $8.55).

I went to Flaco’s for lunch and ordered the Spot Sausage, a pressed sausage, onion and cheese sandwich on Cuban bread. I had to add a little mustard because I felt the sandwich was missing something, but after I did it was a lot better. All the flavors complemented each other well, and the Cuban bread was really fresh and delicious.

I also ordered a Café con leche with sugar. Coffee from restaurants tends to be hit or miss for me, but this was definitely a hit. It was just a really great cup of coffee.

My friend ordered the Media Noche, a pork, ham, mayo, mustard, pickles and Swiss cheese sandwich on sweet bread. I tried a bite and would say it was even better than my sandwich. There was a greater variety of flavor with the tangy mustard and pickles, the seasoned meats and the sweet bread.

Next time I definitely want to try a Quava & Cheese pastry. They looked amazing, but I was too full.

Flaco’s is open until 2:30 a.m., convenient for their downtown location because a lot of drunk, hungry people look for food late at night. There is also a second location in midtown next to Designer Greens.

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