EatLafayette Dish of the Day: Café Habana City's Ropa Vieja

by Kari Walker

Traditional Cuban flavors and service make you feel like "la familia"

In English, the name of today's Dish of the Day literally means "old clothes," but the taste is far from anything ready for Goodwill. The shredded beef, classic Cuban dish is made of flavors influenced by settlers in Cuba from the Canary Islands and the name was given for the dish's comparison to well-worn, torn clothing.

The beef is cooked in a red sauce with bell pepper, onion, and spices and served along side black beans and rice, and fried plantains.

Photos by: Kari Walker

Café Habana City has been cooking up authentic Cuban cuisine for 11 years in Lafayette and also making some of the best mojitos in town. Order one with your Ropa Vieja and get it made with Sweet Crude Rum for a taste of Acadiana meets Cuba.

This minty-citrus cocktail will cool down the Cuban spice and Southwest Louisiana temperatures alike.

During EatLafayette, mention the campaign and receive 10% off your purchase.

Check out Café Habana City on the EatLafayette Townsquare Media "DJ Dine Around" series.

Café Habana City
911 Bertrand Drive
(337) 267-3060

The EatLafayette campaign, which runs through Sept. 2, aims to encourage dining at locally owned establishments. To have your dish featured in INDEats as the EatLafayette Dish of the Day or Dish of the Month in IND Monthly (you must be willing to share your recipe for the monthly feature), contact Kari Walker at [email protected]; find participating restaurants and info on their specials here.

For more information on local eateries, view the online INDEats Dining Guide.