Breaking the Fast at Casa Cafe, Now Serving Cuban Eats in Shenandoah
|Damn good cortadito|
Good coffee, however, is non-negotiable when choosing which haunt to pledge allegiance. Casa Cafe, brand new to the eastern stretch of Coral Way known as S.W. Third Ave., has very good coffee. And the husband/wife team at the reigns will treat you like family, too.
I stopped in on Saturday for breakfast and ordered up the special, a glorified version of my usual tostada (cuban toast with butter) and cortadito (mini latte,) but with four scrambled claras (egg whites) and a choice of bacon, sausage or ham for $4.99.
|The breakfast special measures up just fine in my book|
|Mi likey mi pan con poco mantequilla|
They're serving the high end of middle end, Cafe Bustello Supreme coffee, the number one Cuban coffee brand in the U.S. Enjoy its deep, roasted flavor in Casa Cafe's cortadito, which is a market-consistent, but no less gratifying, $1.
|Fresh squeezed orange juice was sweet and tangy, for $3|
|Regular Casa Cafers cozy up to the counter|
|Petite pastelito case|
Tammy is speaking of the dry wall they've assembled to separate the kitchen from the front of the house -- which I'm politely asked not to photograph. It's no wonder she's a little camera-shy with the place. I had originally dropped in on them at the height of construction unannounced. (A sign up is fair game though, in my book!) The bulk of her business so far is from the offices on the block, with the occasional laundry-doer. And she even has some regulars already who come in mornings with newspaper in hand for pastelitos and cup of morning joe just the way they like it.
1830 S.W. 3rd Ave.
Open Mon-Sat (for now, although the sign and menu say Sun, too.)
7a.m. - 7 p.m.