El Siboney: Where Key West Locals Enjoy Authentic Cuban Cuisine

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Sangría at El Siboney.

Key West was the first Cuban-American city in the U.S. and it’s history has been woven with Cuban history since the late 1800’s.  One of the greatest legacies of the Cuban cultural influence can be found in it’s food. You will find many Cuban restaurants in the island and among them El Siboney stands out for it’s delicious traditional Cuban dishes.

Weather you love Cuban food or are eating it for the first time, El Siboney will not disappoint. A modest building tucked amongst Old Town streets in a residential area, this restaurant is a favorite with the locals and well worth going a bit out of the way for.  Favorites include Paella, Arroz con Pollo (Chicken & Rice), Cuban Mix sandwiches, the pork and the tostones.

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Fried yucca (cassava).

We started our meal with some sangria and ordered the stuffed crabs and fried yucca.  Our server was friendly and extremely quick.  The crabs where good the yucca was delicious.  Cooked to perfection, toasted and crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside the yucca was accompanied by a tangy sauce.   Both my husband and I had the pork, he ordered the fried pork chunks and I had the Puerco Asado (roasted pork).  Both dishes where well seasoned and perfectly cooked. While the chunks where firm and just a bit crunchy on the outside the roasted pork came shredded and it was so soft it just melted in your mouth.

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The fried pork chunks at tel Siboney.

Both pork dishes where accompanied by a side of rice, I had the yellow rice and my husband opted for the rice with black beans, both of them superb.  The roasted pork also included Plátanos Maduros. The Platanos Maduros were perfectly cooked slices of tender, sweet, ripe plantains fried until soft and just a bit caramelized on the outside.

The portions are huge and we had to take part of the meal with us to the hotel in order to leave space for dessert and I’m glad we did.  The guava cheesecake, while loosing a few points for it’s lackluster presentation was simply sublime!

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The guava cheesecake tastes a lot better than it looks.

So if you are looking for Cuban food while visiting Key West follow the locals to El Siboney for outstanding island comfort food and laid back, family friendly atmosphere.

You can check out their menu and great affordable prices at ElSiboneyRestaurant.com and like their page on Facebook to see what other people are saying about their amazing food.

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  1. Arroz con Pollo one of my favorite of all Spanish cuisine–that and Paella–This sounds like a delightful place to eat good food and relax. If I ever make it down to Key West I will certainly check them out.

  2. oh my how yummy that looks delicious adding this to my must do list

  3. The guava cheesecake sounds and look delicious!

  4. Very interesting history they have, the food is new to my ears and it looks great.

  5. Scrumptious food! Wow, I never had a guava cheesecake, can you really taste the guava?

  6. The food looks good and I miss eating guava. Never had it in a cheesecake form though. Hmmm.. Never had Cuban food before. We miss it when we were in Florida. 🙂 Delicious!

  7. Guava cheese cake sounds very interesting. I never tried that yet. Their food looks good.

  8. What a nice place. I’d like to visit someday.

  9. I haven’t tried Cuban food before but surely this looks so appetizing, specially the fried pork chunks! hmmm 😉

  10. I would love to try their guava cheesecake, I’ve tried guava sweets before but not this kind of cheesecake. How can I get one of those?

  11. My favorite dish there is the picadillo, but love the breaded grouper also. I do not know what I miss more about Key West, the fishing or the food.

    Go Fighting Conchs! Class of 1996.

  12. I like it so much ! and what about the new french wine bar, cute ! amazing ! different !…

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