This area is home to solid examples of Floribbean cuisine, a lighter version of Caribbean and Latin American flavors fused with classic Florida favorites.
Havana restaurant boasts a colorful, funky, 24-hour walk-up window. Inside you'll discover a family style eatery with solid service and happy customers. The Tamal Cubano, fresh cornmeal laced with seasoned pork presented in a delicate slipper of a husk, offers the best bang for a buck ninety-five. Pan con Lechon satisfies with hot, tender pulled pork marinated in fresh oranges and garlic, and then slow-roasted for six hours. It's incredible, as are the braised oxtail and lamb shank.
Portions are copious here. Co-owner Rafael Perez cooks without pork fat or MSG, and you can taste the difference. This is Cuban food at its most authentic and healthiest. You may want to stop by on your way out of town (as I did) for hot Chicharrones de Pollo (seasoned and fried chicken chunks) or fried plantains and a glass of fresh watermelon juice. 6801 South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; (561) 547-9799 or www.havanacubanfood.com. Appetizers, soups, and salads: $1.75-$9.45; lunch entrées: $6; dinner entrées: $10-$14.