Is Cuban Food a Bad Joke? Part Deux

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Undaunted, we walked down to Rincon Criollo today for lunch, and found the food superior to that at the Florida Cafe, but, yet again, strangely underseasoned.

The Cubano sandwich was better…if only because the barely-cumin-scented pork was richer, juicier and tastier (and there was more of it – for $6!), but once again, NO MUSTARD and ONE MEASLY PICKLE! Whassup with that?

Not being experts on Fidel’s food, we at ELV can’t say whether pickles and mustard are “authentic” or not. But on the good Cuban sandwiches we’ve had in Florida, they came standard, and for our taste buds, all that pork on pork on pork needs a counterpoint to set the richness of the meat in sharp relief.

But we shall return! Because the place was packed, the service was great, and you could tell the joint has some real mojo. Besides, the folks at this website really like it.


1145 Las Vegas Blvd. South

Las Vegas, NV 89104


4 thoughts on “Is Cuban Food a Bad Joke? Part Deux

  1. I just don’t understand how such a simple recipe can get butchered so badly. Jamon. Puerco. Quezo de Swiss. Pickles. Mostasa. Flat sandwich press on fresh Cuban bread for a few minutes. Done. Why does that bread have panini scorch marks? Wrong continent, Rincon Criollo.

    There’s a few “Cuban” restaurants in Los Angeles that put MAYO on their sandwiches! Jose Marti is spinning in his grave.

    Admittedly I’m quite biased because I grew up in Miami, but I’ve had Cuban sandwiches all over this country and nobody outside South Florida can get it right. And the worst part is it’s NOT THAT FANCY OR COMPLICATED. Any halfway average cafeteria de la esquina knocks these bad boys out by the hundreds every day down there.

  2. I tried this place a couple years ago after hearing a lot of good things about it. The service was friendly and reasonably quick, although at the time I was the only one in there besides the workers.

    The food was average at best. I had the Cubano sandwich, and it was woefully thin and seemed as if, even at $6, it wasn’t worth the money. I kept thinking that I could have gone to In n’ Out and had a Double Double, Fries and a drink for about the same price as this anorexic sandwich. I had a side with it, but it was so forgettable that I can’t even remember what it was, lol.

    John mentioned his was “tastier”, what I remember about the one I had was that it tasted almost like I was eating nothing. Very very bland. I walked out of there paying about $16 with tip for the thin sandwich, side and drink and my appetite wasn’t even close to being satisfied. Maybe I just caught them on a bad day, but overall I’ve really never had the urge to go back.

  3. One of my Cuban American friends says this is the best Cuban restaurant in Vegas for that “Little Cuba in Miami” feel. Thanks for posting the review.

  4. I cant believe you people really think this is a restaurant,i think these people got payed to put a review? plastic plates???? sandwiches wrapped in Reynolds wrap ??? are we joking or what? the forks are plastic,they got plastic cups….the carpet is dirty…..and theres more but what i said i think is enough…the owner is always smoking and sitting in front of the TV watching Spanish soap operas…what a joke

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