Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Mita's Cafe Cubano now open in Arabi

Posted By Google on Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Mita's Cafe Cubano (7007 St. Claude Ave., Arabi, 504-279-5115), a Cuban cafe, is now open in Arabi. Owner Raul Ramos originally opened Mita's, named after his daughter, as simply a Cuban coffee shop specializing in Cuban sandwiches. "I didn't know so many people knew about Cuban food," Ramos says. "So now I just cook what Cubans eat, what I eat: arroz con pollo, ropa vieja, picadillo ... "
click to enlarge Ropa vieja is served with black beans, rice and plantains. - RAUL RAMOS
  • RAUL RAMOS
  • Ropa vieja is served with black beans, rice and plantains.


Ramos explained that most Cuban dishes are sofrito-based, the same way most New Orleans dishes are trinity-based. In fact, Cuban-style sofrito starts with onions, garlic and bell peppers. Other sofrito ingredients such as cilantro and cumin are added soon after.

"Soy Cubano. My parents are Cubano, my grandparents are Cubano," Ramos said. "It's the only way I know how to eat."
click to enlarge Picadillo is one of many Cuban dishes offered. - RAUL RAMOS
  • RAUL RAMOS
  • Picadillo is one of many Cuban dishes offered.


Mita's Cafe Cubano's hours are listed below:
  • Monday-Wednesday: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Thursday: 6 a.m. to midnight
  • Friday-Saturday: 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Sunday: dark

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