Puerto Sagua

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Puerto Sagua

Puerto Sagua

Here we are at the last stop of my Miami trip with legendary international salesman of the year Matt Kennedy.  Puerto Sagua has been around for a long, long, long time folks.  I’m not talking Miami Vice times, dial it all the way back to pre-Scarface times.  Since 1962 Puerto Sagua has been serving Cuban cuisine like the Cuban sandwich, and of course the ropa vieja.  Our group tried both of the dishes and more.

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Menu

First of all, when I say they have been around since 1962, I mean that probably the entire restaurant and everything in it has been around that long.  The tables were old, the silverware was old, the menu’s were old, but old doesn’t mean bad, the place had a charm to it.  The one thing I couldn’t wrap my mind around was how often the advertised that IDs were required with all credit/debit purchases.  There was a printed off sign on the outside of the restaurant, and at least 3-4 signs hanging up inside the place, then all the menus said the same thing.  If someone reading this review could explain to me why they go so far overboard, I would appreciate it.  First time I’ve ever seen that in a restaurant, and to be honest, took away from the ambiance.

Fried Plantain with garlic dipping sauce

Fried banana chips with garlic dipping sauce

This was an interesting appetizer, but in its simplicity is the appeal.  Quite simply they were very thinly sliced bananas that were fried, and then served with a thin garlic dipping sauce.  Mexican restaurants have their chips and salsa and I suppose this is Puerto Sagua’s Cuban version of the same.

Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp Cocktail

After my life-altering shrimp cocktail experience at St. Elmo’s in Indianapolis, this shrimp cocktail seemed very pedestrian.  They were still pretty good though.

Stuffed Fried Yuca

Stuffed Fried Yuca

I’m not sure if I can think of an appetizer that looks this un-appetizing, but I promise you, this is one that you will want to try.  Yuca is well-known everywhere in the Caribbean and South America.  I love the stuff, and these things were amazing.

Vanilla Milkshake

Vanilla Milkshake

Here is a picture of a rogue vanilla milkshake that just ran naked through the middle of this Cuban restaurant post.  Yes they have milkshakes, and yes they were yummy.

The Cuban Sandwich

The Cuban Sandwich

This my friends is a Cuban Sandwich.  I checked the Internet Bible on the main definition of one and found that they consist of ham, pork, swiss cheese, pickles and mustard all on Cuban bread.  I haven’t had a ton of Cuban sandwiches in my life, quite simply put, I live in SLC, Utah where you can’t really find them outside a few sandwich shops.  These things were really big and really good though.  Probably a dish that single-handedly kept Puerto Sagua running its operation for so long.

Ropa Vieja

Ropa Vieja

Ah yes, the crown jewel of Cuban food, the ropa vieja which is translated directly to mean “old clothes”.  Sounds delish doesn’t it?  Naming aside, this stuff was fantastic.  The beef was so tender, and the sauce tasted great drenched all over my rice.  Those bananas were just the perfect finishing touch.

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