Short Order: Ropa Vieja at Havana Mia
Ropa Vieja can be translated as “old clothes” . . . which is not the most appetizing name for Havana Mia’s tasty masterpiece. The name is a traditional one, though, and the internet says Ropa Vieja is the National Dish of Cuba. Some things go better untranslated.
For the purposes of this discussion, Ropa Vieja is slow-cooked, shredded beef. At Havana Mia, the savory, seasoned meat is piled on a rice mixture that is loaded with veggies; all the veggies: green beans, peas, carrots, corn, red pepper; they’re all there, in every bite. On the side, there’s a crunchy, farm-style lettuce salad with diced tomatoes and a creamy dressing. It’s just the sort of combo that makes you want to talk less, and eat more.
Havana Mia’s menu extends beyond the Ropa Vieja into a variety of fun foods. Noting its Cuban theme, you might expect its Cuban Sandwich, offering roasted pork, ham, swiss and pickles. You can also hybridize it with the 90 Miles Burger, which teams the Cuban sandwich fixins with a burger (yes, all three meats!). You’ll also find pork tamales on the menu.
And if you happen to be a lemonade connoisseur, Havana Mia is the destination. There, you will find the best, bar none the best, lemonade (for purists) and variations (such as an epic fresh-squeezed orange-ade). The ‘ades are so cool and refreshing and light. And even though you can watch the counter team squeeze the juice and sweeten it up, there’s some odd magic in the steps that makes it impossible to reproduce at home or anywhere else.
So, if Havana Mia is the destination, where is it? It’s everywhere, literally, because it’s a food truck. It’s been making the rounds this summer, and you can track it on StreetFoodFinder here.
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