Monday, October 22, 2012

Great Lunch on Aviles Street

La Herencia translates into The Inheritance or, The Legacy and after eating here, you will know what a great legacy it is.

If you frequent this page you might have read about some of the best restaurants in St Augustine here at ‘News from the Inn’, we now are adding this one to that list. It’s St Augustine’s only Cuban restaurant, but from what our Cuban friend in town says, (Isabela) it’s a perfect example of Cuban cuisine and the fact that’s on the country’s oldest street, if just kismet. We love dining al fresco whenever we can, and we did so this past Saturday for lunch. It was the perfect day for sitting and enjoying a cool breeze, nice table, good beer, and even better food. We were not disappointed on any front.

We have been here before and ordered the traditional Cuban sandwich and Ropa Vieja (both superlative examples of Cuban food for the first-timers) but this time Rod had the pork sandwich and I had the stake wrap – both were amazing. First the pork, it was slow-cooked and sliced thick, but it was tender and served simply with sweet onion on a Cuban bread roll with dipping juice, simple and delicious – yum! My stake wrap was beefy and cheesy with onions we well. There is something about Cuban food that brings out the best in onions. We both got the black beans & white rice for our side item. They were cooked to perfection and with a little hot-sauce, perfect accompaniment to the sandwich and wrap.

The restaurant is small in size, but huge in heart. Its owners are chef and hostess Manny & Janette, with son Manny Jr. learning in his father’s footsteps in the kitchen. The staff, weather long-time employees or new, brings a warmth and charm to the table, and is happy to help you through the menu no matter how long you take – Okay, I could not decide on a beer, but there are so many to choose from.

During your next visit to St Augustine, rain or shine, you must try La Herencia CafĂ© on Aviles St. Fresh and delicious food served as if you were family. We are happy to highly recommend them.

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