The porktastic pleasures of Cuban cuisine are now available in the deep south of Minneapolis.
Guavas Cuban Cafe opened its doors Wednesday at 5607 Chicago Ave. S. Owner Frank Machado -- known around town for his Twin Cities Paella stand/catering biz -- wanted to bring authentic Cuban flavors to the residential area where he lives and, now, works.
"Cuban food is something I grew up eating in Miami," Machado says. "It’s just food that’s dear to my heart even though I'm Venezuelan; it’s food I’m excited about."
What can diners expect at Guavas?
"We have sandwiches, rice bowls, grilled items with Spanish sauces," Machado says. "I wanted to keep it pretty traditional -- I got the recipes from uncles and things I learned at different restaurants along the way."
If the Cubano pictured above tastes half as good as it looks, Machado is on to something.
Guavas will be open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at first, but dinner hours will be added soon.
That space's previous tenant, Xavi, lasted two years before shutting down this fall.