1120 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Cost range: 1.00-10.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
The little box that has harbored chocolate cake makers, barbecue impresarios and other culinary schemers and dreamers over the years recently became a hip, fun and affordable little Cuban bodega. Its insides lined in shiny white subway tile, the tidy box was charmingly redesigned with great use of outdoor space: Five metal cafe tables reach across the wide sidewalk, their lemon-yellow plastic chairs cheery and comfortable. Order at the counter and simple dishes (black beans, ropa vieja) are packed in eco-friendly brown cardboard boxes, the Cubans and other pressed sandwiches wrapped tight in the kind of waxed paper that starts to get a little grease-splotchy, which somehow adds to the anticipation.
Hours: 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Mon.-Wed., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Thur.-Sat.