Mi Apá Latin Café – Gainesville

We’ve visited Mi Apá Latin Café several times and we have to say it’s got everything going for it.  The food is fresh, the servings are generous, the dining area is bright and colorful, the staff is helpful and friendly, and best of all, the price is right.  Given the crowds we’ve seen, we aren’t alone in our praise.

During our recent visit we ordered the Ropa Vieja, a dish of shredded beef cooked in a slightly sweet sauce of peppers, onions and tomatoes.  We’ve always found their Ropa Vieja to be incredibly tender and the sauce to be beautifully balanced.  We chose Moro rice and yuca with mojo for our two sides that day.  The Moro rice was tasty although there was a slight difference of opinion; one of us thought the cumin was a touch heavy.  We were however in full agreement on the tender yuca served with mild garlic and citrus flavored mojo; it’s perhaps the best we’ve had.

We also had a Cuban sandwich with plantain chips.  This sandwich is all about the meat so we were pleased that both the pork and the ham were lean and moist.  We liked that they grilled the ham and that the bread had nice crustiness on the outside and softness on the inside.

While perhaps overlooked as a morning spot, Mi Apá also serves large, good quality breakfast dishes.  The Perico (scrambled eggs with onions, tomatoes and green peppers) and the Beef and Eggs (the delicious Ropa Vieja with two eggs any style and Cuban toast) are two of our favorites.  All meals, morning or night, should be topped off with one of Mi Apá’s strong coffee drinks such as the cafe con leche or cortadito (half milk, half Cuban coffee).

Ropa Vieja $7.79                     Cuban sandwich $6.89

Breakfast: Perico $5.79                  Beef and Eggs $6.59

Last dined July 2011

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