In the middle of the crazy that is Downtown LA, there is now a respite from city life.
The new Don Francisco’s Coffee Casa Cubana is the place you never knew you always wanted.
(Well, I know I’ve always wanted a place to get wonderful Cuban food in Los Angeles, but that’s not important right now.)
I want to say right up front that this is not a sponsored post. I was invited to the opening of the Casa Cubana and the following opinions are my own.
Full disclosure: Eric and I were invited to a preview day of all the Cuban food and coffee magic available at the Casa Cubana and I am pleased and proud to report that we were NOT disappointed.
Classic Cuban pastries and bread made fresh daily. (<– I’m pretty sure I just described what heaven will be like.) But until that time, the Casa Cubana has got you covered.
We’ve been friends with the Gaviña family for quite a while now and I’m proud to name them as one of my excellent blog sponsors. It was so lovely to visit their newest venture which has been 50 years in the making.
We tried all the food they had on the menu. I know. Delicious fresh Cuban food made by an amazing chef. I don’t have enough superlatives for all the deliciousness that came our way.
Yes, LA. You now have a Cuban Frita you can boast about. Perfection.
The ambience was all about family. We felt so at home. Every delectable offering from their menu felt like my favorite comfort food.
If you get there for breakfast, do yourself a favor and try the Pork and Plantain Hash. I promise you will hear angels singing with that first magical bite. Absolutely my favorite thing on the menu and that’s saying something.
Of course because their story starts with coffee, I would be remiss not to mention the delicious Panama Geisha coffee we had the pleasure to enjoy. Full disclosure: I drank it black and down to the last drop. It was that good. No surprise there.
Eric sat down with Michael Gaviña to do some cupping. (Like wine tasting, but with coffee. Yeah. It’s a thing.)
The cafe is beautifully appointed as well as spacious and welcoming. Very much like a Cuban home.
Eric kept saying, “I feel so great here. I never want to leave.”
The “living room” is complete with a gallery wall of family photos telling the story of coffee and the rich Gaviña family history.
I am so grateful to my friend, Leonor Gaviña for the tour and food and coffee tasting.
I took a moment to sit and take it all in and my take-away was that everywhere I looked and everything I tasted had that inimitable essence of Cuban hospitality attached to it.
I wish I lived closer to LA, I would be at Don Francisco’s Coffee Casa Cubana every single day for a cortadito and for the lastest chisme.
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, Gaviña family, for your generous and gracious hospitality.
A beautiful space, amazing coffee, and delicious food. In other words, a perfect representation of our Cuban culture. Congratulations, Casa Cubana! You knocked it out of the park.
When you’re in LA next, please make it a point to visit. Tell them Marta sent you!
They’re located: Spring Arcade Building • 541 S. Spring Street, Unit 124 • Los Angeles, CA • 213.537.0323
Café Hours: open daily from 7am to 7pm
Follow them on Instagram @dfcasacubana
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