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Location: Havana Delights Cafe — Bartow, Florida

Date of Visit: 07/13/2019

Florida Stuffed welcomes you as July moves forward. This is the first restaurant visited in Bartow, Florida since late 2017. So it is great to have this town back on the map. Havana Delights Cafe is a name that speaks for itself. It sits in downtown Bartow and offers a comfortable dining environment. I have visited many Cuban restaurants along the way, each with its own style and own perspective of Cuban cuisine. This place did not fall short on a good food experience and once I walked inside, I felt I was somewhere else.

If you look around anywhere in this restaurant, you will find images, posters, and artwork displaying Cuban figures and culture. The service here was far better than expected and prices are reasonable all around. This place attracts a broad range of people and downtown Bartow is an active scene, which is a great thing for this place. Recommended and I will come back.

Accessibility: Havana Delights Cafe is located on East Main Street near the intersection of Broadway Avenue in Bartow, Florida. Parallel parking is available along Main Street and nearby streets. I parked along North Central Avenue without any issues. Traffic was light in the area at the time of my arrival, approximately 12PM.

Customer Service: I was greeted upon entry and seated. I was checked on a few times during my stay and I was given another drink to-go when I left. The restaurant is run by friendly people and it made me feel more welcomed. I was not expecting another drink when I left either. I received my order in approximately fifteen minutes.

Dating Scene: If you are looking for a laid back atmosphere with comfortable seating and good food, this place is one I would recommend. Downtown Bartow is also a nice place to walk around if you are able.

Lets Get to the Menu: On this visit, I ordered the Arroz Con Pollo or yellow rice with chicken. This dish included yellow rice, mixed with shredded chicken, onions, peppers and peas. This simplistic-looking dish was something memorable. This dish was very flavorful from start to finish and the chicken was always tender. The rice itself was fresh and spices were nicely balanced. Food presentation was good, and I was happy with overall portion. Along with an unsweet tea and a Cuban sandwich I ordered for a friend (when I left), my order came to $19.81 before tip. Their Cuban bread was great too.

Restaurant Cleanliness: No issues to report.

Extras: You are within walking distance of downtown Bartow. You are also approximately fifteen minutes from SR 570 (Tolls) and twenty minutes from Interstate 4.

Forms of Payment Accepted: Cash or credit card.

Florida Stuffed Keyword(s): Bartow, Cuban, Latin

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