Thursday, February 11, 2010

Las Colinas Cuban Cuisine

This Cuban diner located in Wilton Manors is a favorite with locals, police officers and gym boys. The decor is Latin American (lime green walls, large mirrors, tile floor and plastic flowers). The food is plentiful and distinctly Cuban/Caribbean. Las Colinas features a wide dining counter, a take-away window for a quick cefecito; and plenty of tables for dining.

While in South Florida for the winter, I go to Las Colinas at least two or three times a week. The food is consistently good, fresh and delicious. It’s the perfect place to bring out of town friends visiting during the winter. I brought my good friends Tony, Mike and Kevin to Las Colinas and they were pleasantly surprised. Surprised not only by the good food, but also at how reasonable the prices were!

The owner Juan greeted us and sat us down. He had us sample the oxtail special. Juan likes to make sure that people are well fed. He supervises the kitchen, servers and all staff. Food is his passion and it shows! The guys liked the oxtail meat, but opted for the pan de ropa vieja (shredded beef sandwich), Sandwich Cubano and I got the sandwich de pollo.

All meals start with of  a basket of tostada Cubana, Cuban bread toasted. Most of the sandwiches are served with fries ( however, the classic Cuban sandwich does not come with fries) We got a side of arroz moros (Cuban black beans and rice), which were more than enough for the four of us!
The sandwiches are made with Cuban bread, stuffed with meat, and veggies. The sandwich I am holding is half of a chicken sandwich. The chicken sandwich is whole chicken breast, shreadded lettuce, tomato, pickles, grilled onions and topped with potato sticks.  Grilled on a Cuban press by a Sandwichera. After our meal we got cafecitos and flan. The total for the check came to $32 for 4 people.

The Details:
Las Colinas
2724 N Andrews Ave
Wilton Manors 33311
Sandwiches start at $4.99 to 6.99
Side of arroz de moros $2.50
Telephone 954 390 7410
Price: Very reasonable.
Service: Good
Quality: great
Attitude: friendly

Las Colinas is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Other specialties are Lechon Asado ( roasted pork), Seafood with rice, Churrasco (house flank steak). Roasted chicken, etc. Atmosphere is casual with a wide range of folks dining. This Cuban diner is located in a funky plaza that also houses a  neighborhood gay bar called Monkey Business.

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