I have been out searching for some good Cuban food lately. I really miss my old favorite Habana Grill at 436/434 which has now closed. Well, I still have not found a replacement for Habana Grill but I did find an admirable place to grab some Cuban favorites especially if you are on the run or pressed for time. I am talking about Cubans On The Run.
Cubans on the Run is located on 17-92 in Casselberry. The focus is the food and surely not the decor. It’s a hole in the wall but a good hole in the wall type of place. When you walk in you place your order at the register. You really have two options here if you dine in. Order one of the Cuban hot meals which you see behind the counter or order from the menu at the register, and then they will bring out the food to your table.
On the first visit I tried the traditional Cuban sandwich Regular size 7″ $4.69. What a bargain! This Cuban is prepared the traditional way with Ham, Roast Pork, Swiss cheese, mustard & pickles and served hot and pressed. Talk about a great Cuban sandwich. Reminded me of some Cuban sandwiches I have tasted in Little Havana/Calle Ocho in Miami. It was that good! I also tried the Empanadas $1.50. I had the beef Empanadas. This Cuban classic is a stuff pastry with flaky crust and is usually stuffed with beef or chicken. I went for the beef. Two thumbs up for the Empanadas at Cubans On the Run.
On another visit I tried one of the hot meals. Normally you will find Cuban classics like Picadillo (beef hash), Roast Pork, Steak W/Onions (Bistec Encebollado) and Ropa Vieja just to name a few. All meals are served with a choice of Rice, Black Beans or Red Beans, & Sweet Plantains $6.99-$9.25 range.
I elected for the Roast Pork $8.25, with Red beans and rice. The pork was seasoned well, and it was so tender you could cut it with a fork, and the roast pork was topped with the usual sautéed onions. The red beans are served on the side in a separate container accompanied by white rice. Don’t worry coming out of this restaurant hungry, the hot meals portions are very sizeable.
Service was prompt and friendly and polite at Cubans on The Run. Parking is tight and can be challenging. There are no frills at Cubans on The Run but if you want some good Cuban food and want it fast, Cubans on The Run is a good choice.
Cubans on The Run is located at 2956 S. Hwy 17-92 Casselberry, Fl
Hours- Monday-Saturday 10:00am- 9:00 pm.
Dear Orlando Diners,
The local guy (me) was out eating once again in the Orlando market place. I was in the mood for a good hot tasty seasoned sandwich. I was also looking for a place that had atmosphere and the option to dine outside. Live entertainment would also be a plus. Is there a place like this in Orlando? Well, I am happy to report there is. Press 101 sandwich & wine bar is that place. They are located in the Dr. Phillips Marketplace area in SW Orlando, right off of Sand lake Rd. First off, they do have outside seating. If it’s cold out they have the heat lamps to keep the dining experience enjoyable. On Thru-Sat they normally have live entertainment. Another plus, of course, you don’t pay a cover. About Press 101, this place is known for their Pressed Sandwiches. I opted for the French dip ($10.5). My wife opted for the Turkey and Brie ($9). My French dip pressed sandwich consisted of slow roasted prime rib, served on a warm baguette with provolone cheese, home made au jus and horseradish sauce that had the right spiciness or kick to it. I loved having both sauces to choose from. I even opted for the spicy flavorful jardinière for $1 more. The added jardinière side really kicked it up a notch, basically you just spread it on or inside the sandwich. Wow, what a kick! The meat, the cheese, the bread, the sauces all flowed so well together. The sandwich also came with a side salad on the dish. It was just ok. I wish it was on a different plate but it did not take away from the well prepared French Dip. I guess I am old school but I just like my salads separate, totally separate on its own plate. My wife ordered the Turkey and Brie. It came with smoked turkey, granny smith apples, and brie cheese and honey mustard on a ciabatta bread. Of course with the salad on the plate. She loved her Turkey and Brie. The flavors flowed nicely with turkey, fruit and cheese. Sounds a little odd in my opinion but it’s actually quite good, I tried it and loved it. On another visit I tried the Havana ($8.5). It comes with marinated pork, ham, swiss, pickle, dijonaise on a baguette. It was not like the Cuban sandwich I had recently in Little Havana in Miami, but it was good! Very tasty! I really did like how Press 101 serves this one up. We also tried the Grilled Cheese ($8.5). It comes with Gruyere, fontina and sharp cheddar, apple wood bacon, and ripe tomatoes on wheat bread. This is by far the best grilled cheese sandwich in Orlando in my opinion. It does not get better than this. I was in grilled cheese heaven awhile eating this wonderful sandwich. Press 101 has also a nice comfortable bar. Beer and wine only is served. I like the TVs at the bar as well, nice way to catch up on scores and other things awhile dining there or just sitting at the bar itself is also pleasant. Plenty of parking is always available, parking is free. Press 101 does a great job with sandwiches overall. I just can’t wait for them to add some more menu items. I give Press 101 a good review and recommend this fine dining establishment.
7600 Dr Phillips Blvd # 22
Orlando, FL 32819