Monday, June 15, 2009

Havana Hideout

A couple months ago, I saw Havana Hideout on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. I had no clue this little eatery even existed! It's a very cool dive located on Lake Ave. I was so excited that I finally got to try it out. It was worth the little trek to Lake Worth. (Here is my sister, ready to eat!)


We sat down on one of the tables and the server brought us the menus. We were all famished so we decided to order some ceviche. There were huge chunks of fish and avocado. It was served with fresh tortilla chips. The ceviche was great. It was nice and tangy, with the avocado really rounding out the flavors nicely.


My sis and I split the Pionono and a Cuban Sandwich. I know what your thinking...WTF is Pionono? I didn't know either until I saw it on TV. They describe it as a "tropical shepherd's pie". It's made with picadillo (a well spiced ground beef mixture with raisins and olives), and mashed ripe plantains. The taste was great! The spiciness of the picadillo was complemented perfectly by the plantains. My only problem was that there was a lot of grease in the dish! I'm not a huge fan of seeing oil pool up. But I tried to keep the oil away the best i could.

The Cuban sandwich was also really good! They roast their own pork. But...they do use a non-traditional ingredient...Mozzarella cheese (I remember Guy Fieri kinda squirming on this one). I actually really liked the Mozzarella. It has that creamy stringiness that Swiss cheese doesn't really give it.


When we saw what was on the dessert menu, we were tempted. It had one of my favorites, Tres Leches, plus something I've never tried, Chocolate Chili ice cream. The ice cream was so good! My first bite of the ice cream was perfect...it had a sweet, creamy milk chocolate taste. Then about 10 seconds later, the back of my throat was en fuego! The ice cream had a massive kick. But I love spicy foods...so I couldn't stop. It tricked me every time I took a bite.


I finished off with the Tres Leches. It's a cake soaked in "3 Milks", and topped with whipped cream. I thought the flavors were very well put together, but I didn't feel it was milked up enough, haha. Maybe a 1/4 cup more of the milk mixture would have served it well.


The food here was delectable and affordable. Pretty much everything is from $4 - $8. The service was a tad off in moments...but the relaxed atmosphere makes you think you're on vacation. I will definitely be coming back to Havana Hideout.

16 comments:

Bec said...

I saw that episode too, glad everything was delic in real life too!

Sam said...

That cake looks so good!

Lisa said...

I love watching a place on Tv then visiting. Looks yummy!

K from ksgoodeats said...

That restaurant sounds great!!

burpandslurp said...

oh my god. I'm driving down there right now. Cuban sandwich? YES! and the Pionono?!! Oh my God. From the looks and sounds of it, I think the grease is all worth it!

Priyanka said...

good food for cheap prices nothing beats that. Although the oil pooling up does look gross!

Rebeca @All Vegged Out said...

Pionono sounds fab... I always wanted to visit one of the places he has... I'm super jealous :)

Susan said...

I love Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives! The food looks a lot classier than some of the others things I've seen on that show :P I only just heard of ceviche, it sounds so good!

Just Stopping By said...

I just discovered this place two weeks ago on vacation and LOVED IT! The food was amazing and we ate in one of the huts. I'm so addicted that I actually found your blog because I was searching for a pionono recipe. The best place we ate and the best value!

Anonymous said...

This restaurant could have a lot of positive going for it, but they have little interest in mastering the customer's experience. I ordered 2 items and waited for an hour for the food to be prepared. The bartender told me my food was being bagged up, and twenty minutes later--still no food. When I opened the box I saw that there were raisings and other ingredients that I don't eat, that weren’t listed on the menu. When I tried to exchange the item, they gave me the shaft--a cardinal sin in the restaurant industry. Beware of Havana Hideout!

Anonymous said...

Please do yourself the favor and stay away from this place. Not only is the food average at best, the staff, most importantly the owner are nothing short of amatuers. The expirience you will get at the Havana hideout is similar to that of a fast food resturuant run by teens. If you are looking for sloppy, tasteless food and a long wait, by all means try it. My worst expirience in lake worth!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous huh? Well I'll gladly say who I am. I'm Chrissy Benoit, owner of Havana Hideout, and my staff and I bust our behinds everyday to show love to our customers. It is sad that a person who doesn’t even want to say his name, can try to do damage to an honest, hard working place. "Joe," as he calls himself on myspace, which he just joined to contact me, waited 25 minutes, then threw the food at my guy in the kitchen. Then he went home and like some 12 year old, phoned in a prank to go order that he never picked up. Now as he threatened to do, he has posted this false event everywhere he can....must be nice to have so much free time on your hands huh? Thanks to all the people who support us, you are loved!

RunForFoodGirl said...

I loved this episode especially the Pionono and want to try it at home. I've been looking for a good recipe but not much luck. Any suggestions??
thank you

RunForFoodGirl said...

Would you know the recipe for the pionono?? I'm dying to try it at home and though I saw the show, I just wanna make sure what she does to the plaintains, are they just mashed, does she put something else in them besides the picadillo of course??? Advise please!

Phyllis said...

I just had lunch w/my husband on Sat. April 18th. at 3PM. This was the absolute worst restaurant in any county. The fish taco did not resemble anything at all that was produced for Guy Fieri. It starts with a deep fried flour tortilla kind of like, oily, soggy fried dough. Not a fresh flour tortilla one is accustomed to getting w/fish taco anywhere else(didn't eat that). Next came 2tbls of cabbage dressed in 1/2 cup of mayo, YUK. (didn't eat that) on top was some soggy sweet so called "pineapple salsa" minus any spice whatsoever,(I didn't eat that). Oh yeah, there was 2tbls. of nondescript fish, I ate that, I was very hungary. The beer was fine the chips were fine. If you love plastic cups and a very dirty restaurant with uneadible food definetly go there

Anonymous said...

Very enlightening and beneficial to someone whose been out of the circuit for a long time.

- Kris