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.