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Food & Drink > Cao Bakery and Cafe--review

Cao Bakery and Cafe--review

Maybe the third time is a charm? Hopefully C(uban) A(merican O(originals) will make it here after there get a few kinks straightened out. First on a positive note I had the Cuban sandwich which, after trying Cuban sandwiches for 40 years all over South Florida, was one of the best. That's it when it comes to positive things except for the bright decor, the outdoor covered seating and the cakes and desserts that will make the French bakery a few blocks south envious. Okay they have been open a couple of weeks so there is no excuse for not having a sign either inside saying "Order Here" or have one on the center door saying "enter next door" with an arrow pointing right. I would say at least 50% of the customers entered the wrong door and went to the cashier instead of the ordering counter. I had the Cuban Sandwich which was served on a paper plate while Allen had the pork sandwich served on a regular plate. His plate was 'decorated' with an orange stripe all around the sandwich while my paper plate had a bland looking sandwich on it with 0 color. I asked a guy behind the counter about prices for the slices of cake as there was none in or on the counter or on the menu and his answer was that none were above $3. I think there would have been a few surprises at the register if anyone bought a pastry---or maybe not. PS I wonder what happens to all the slices of cakes and various desserts they don't sell by closing. I know they are in refrigerated cases but how long can they stay 'fresh'?

posted on July 13, 2019 1:44 PM ()


Nice mix of ingredients. Now I have to look up Cuban bread....
comment by jjoohhnn on July 14, 2019 3:29 PM ()
See how you can learn on the Internet?!?!
reply by greatmartin on July 14, 2019 5:42 PM ()
When you have a Cuban Sandwich, do you ever think 'I don't care what this is called, it tastes darn good?' or do you think 'I've been told a Cuban Sandwich should taste such and so, and even if I've never been to Cuba to have a sandwich, I'm sure this is the most typical of what it should taste like?'
comment by traveltales on July 14, 2019 12:58 AM ()
My first live in partner was a Cuban--you wouldn't dare say "'I don't care what this is called, it tastes darn good?' " Just like you have certain expectations when ordering a 'Club Sandwich' you have the same when ordering a 'Cuban Sandwich'--then you can say "I don't care what this is called, it tastes darn good" or not!!
reply by greatmartin on July 14, 2019 10:22 AM ()
What makes a sandwich Cuban? It doesn't have an accent after all.
comment by jjoohhnn on July 13, 2019 4:32 PM ()
It does have a 'bite'!
Lots of variations but here is the basics about it:
reply by greatmartin on July 13, 2019 7:32 PM ()

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