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Uptight... on several other food / restaurant blogs Robertos  Cuban pork dishes have been  well liked ,not to mention rick ,Heidi and myself . You post  on almost every blog on  most of the forums ...

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Dear Carnivore, There’s a lot I can say about your post and experience. First of all I want to apologize for your bad experience, secondly you mentioned being in the food industry yourself and should

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8 hours ago, Bisbee Gal said:

Rick----if you are still reading this thread, do you know if Sabor del Caribe is using a China Box (aka Caja China) to cook their pork?  About 10 years ago there was a place on the libramiento near where Pollo Don David is now, that had a China Box and their pork was excellent.  

I have no idea...all I know is we're going back this week. Loved it!

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I can't believe I missed all the fun and back biting here.  That's what I get for going on an RV trip.

This place looks great, minus the flies.  There's another place in that area we haven't returned to because of flies from nearby horses.  Hope this one doesn't have the same problem.

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8 minutes ago, Mainecoons said:

I can't believe I missed all the fun and back biting here.  That's what I get for going on an RV trip.

This place looks great, minus the flies.  There's another place in that area we haven't returned to because of flies from nearby horses.  Hope this one doesn't have the same problem.

The fly season is coming to an end thankfully.

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A friend, a long term resident wrote to inform me that there was a posting on this site that totally evidenced proof of the level of insanity that can develop in a retirement community where boredom and lack of industry takes hold.   Curiosity took over and I looked......and totally agree!  I also have to say that our one and only visit to "Sabor Del Caribe" (located at Hidalgo 257-B, informally known as the Carretera, in Riberas Del Pilar on the north side of the road) did not, in any way provide us with any reason to return.

Evidence:  LOOK AT HOW MANY TIMES THE SAME INMATES POSTED!

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Thank you so much Heidi n Rick ....sorry about all the dumb asses that answered your post  ...the Cuban Sandwich ,   Malanga fritters   ,black beans .. the real deal... definitely a return visit ...lots of interesting choices on the menu . If  you don’t like this Cuban Sandwich it’s because you don’t know what a Cuban Sandwich is..

 

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Please clarify (. You’re not usually short of words ) what do you disagree with...the dumb asses , the malanga fritters or the the composition of aCuban sandwich.... “ barely it “ ....perhaps you’re a little more familiar with the McDonalds attempt in the early 2000 ‘s... hold the ketchup..please....one has to wonder did you ever live in a Cuban neighborhood.

 

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mcd had a cuban? now you are just insulting me. this cubano had basic and minimal carnitas to the pork, no crunchies, no sweetness to the pork. no juice. had SLICED PRESSED PACKAGED HAM. no salami. used too much plain yellow mustard instead of interesting mustard. did it have swiss cheese? dont remember. AVERAGE. good bread though. but not cuban bread. nifty chips.

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On September 9th when I first posted it was after receiving a friend's suggestion that we read the prior responses to the post.  My wife and I decided to take a look for ourselves.  We know very well what a Cuban sandwich is, having been to Cuba, southern Florida and the area around "Nueve Esquinas" in Guadalajara.  Further, there are probably at least a dozen authentic Cuban eateries in Guadalajara.  We also have our favourite Cuban restaurants in Scottsdale/Phoenix and having been, successfully in the restaurant business for many years we know what service, quality, value and the importance of visible management is all about!

There were three other diners present when we arrived at about 1:30p.m.  A lone woman reading a magazine and we never observed her eating. An elderly man and woman who left about ten minutes after we arrived.   The young waitress (the only employee we ever saw although it was apparent that someone else was in the kitchen) took our order for two beers.  Of the four beers listed on their poster board only two were available.  Twenty minutes went by before we received our beers (Victoria) but twice the waitress had returned to our table to ask which beer we had ordered.  We ordered two grilled Cuban sandwiches.  It was another 1/2 hour before we received our sandwiches.  The library patron had also left.  When our sandwiches arrived a lone male patron had just been seated.

Our sandwiches could not have been 1/2 inch thick and the toasted bun had been so obviously over toasted on a "press grill" that it was more like a "cracker" than bread.  The cracker was hard and scorched.  The ham was a square, thin, pink slice of processed something (perhaps turkey, some kind of ham or maybe even turtle....impossible to identify!) The pork consisted of thin pieces of almost burnt shreds of pork that were so dry they crunched.  It was identifiable as pork because virtually everyone knows what pork fat smells like.  The thin slice of yellowish processed cheese was not identifiable as it had virtually liquified and blended with the mustard.  There was so much plain yellow mustard on the sandwich that the mustard was really the only thing you could taste.   The fries were overcooked, dry and almost cold.

When our food arrived we had asked for another "Victoria" to split between us, but apparently the two we had received were the last available.  Remaining choice "Corona" but definitely not to our taste or liking, so we passed.

So the good thing....We had a polite, pretty little waitress who, likely to most 14 year olds,  would be considered "hot".  However, we left all of the fries, at least half of our sandwiches and when we settled our bill with our usual level of gratuity (as we know that no employee here has sufficient income and most have absolutely zero control over who they work for or the quality of what they serve)... our little waitress pleasantly said:  that she hoped we would return sometime soon!

Not exactly a visit worth repeating!  In addition the abundance of flies and road noise definitely detract from the ambiance.

Rick & Heidi.  Your visit and subsequent report should definitely have been recognized as being exceptional.  (It was only after reading your initial post that we decided to visit.)  Your visit must be considered as something akin to winning a lottery.  You should have immediately after leaving, raced to OXXO to buy a lottery ticket.  We ate many, many times in your restaurant and never, ever experienced anything even remotely close to our Cuban excursion in Riberas.  In fact, in our twenty three years, since first coming to Lakeside, I can really only remember having experienced one other Mexican restaurant experience where the food deserved an equivalent description:  TOTALLY INEDIBLE!

 

 

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As restaurant after restaurant closes due to lockdown and virus restrictions reviews of this nature are unnecessary .and only cause further financial burdens . What do they achieve...nothing...if you have a bad experience don’t go back ....

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17 hours ago, Ian Greenwood said:

 

As restaurant after restaurant closes due to lockdown and virus restrictions reviews of this nature are unnecessary .and only cause further financial burdens . What do they achieve...nothing...if you have a bad experience don’t go back ....

This attitude is why so many of us who cannot afford it end up paying for bad meals, overpriced service providers, poor repairs to our vehicles and homes, and yes, substandard medical care.

The idea that we should just be silent when any of the above has occurred is ludacris. We owe it to our community to warn them off and we most certainly do NOT owe it to business owners who aren't providing quality to pay and hope they do better next time.

Had I read Carnivore's review before going it would have saved me time and money. Their description mirrored our experience to a tee.

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On 9/7/2020 at 12:36 PM, Bisbee Gal said:

Rick----if you are still reading this thread, do you know if Sabor del Caribe is using a China Box (aka Caja China) to cook their pork?  About 10 years ago there was a place on the libramiento near where Pollo Don David is now, that had a China Box and their pork was excellent.  

No, we do not use a “caja china “ but the pork is delicious! Come give us a try. 

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On 9/7/2020 at 10:13 PM, Mainecoons said:

I can't believe I missed all the fun and back biting here.  That's what I get for going on an RV trip.

This place looks great, minus the flies.  There's another place in that area we haven't returned to because of flies from nearby horses.  Hope this one doesn't have the same problem.

Thanks for the feedback. Unfortunately, have no control over the flies! We spray several times a day to help with the problem. 

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On 9/7/2020 at 1:30 PM, ea93105 said:

I ate there today. Sandwich was good (nothing to write home about)  but the side purple cole salad was not welcome. But 40 pesos for ice tea ?!? that was a turn off.  Too bad because its a convenient location.  Huertos is still a better option for the money.

Hi there, it sounds like you ate at Doppio Cafe and not the Cuban restaurant. We don’t make or carry purple cole salad. 

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On 9/17/2020 at 7:47 PM, Ian Greenwood said:

Thank you so much Heidi n Rick ....sorry about all the dumb asses that answered your post  ...the Cuban Sandwich ,   Malanga fritters   ,black beans .. the real deal... definitely a return visit ...lots of interesting choices on the menu . If  you don’t like this Cuban Sandwich it’s because you don’t know what a Cuban Sandwich is..

 

Thank you ! 

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