2728 S. Congress, 512/443-4253
Hours: Sun.-Thu., 11am-10pm; Fri.-Sat., 11am-11pm
Rising from the ashes of a fire, Habana SoCo has returned bigger and stronger. The lechon asado is a must, as is the Cuban sandwich with its lighter bite, and there are lots of appetizers to go with the drinks.
The bakery case here holds a nice selection of crispy treats, but the sandwiches are the main attraction. Start with pan con lechón and work your way around to the El Cubanito burger. Don't forsake the daily specials, such as arroz mariscos and fried sea bass.
9616 N Lamar Suite 141, 512/669-5242
Armed with a wealth of cherished family recipes for fresh, home-style Cuban cuisine, the menu's opening salvo may be Masas fritas, or chunks of mojo criollo-marinated pork fried in lard, golden outside and succulent within. Lechon asado gets the same marinade and hours in a slow oven until it gets so tender it melts in your mouth. Pollo al horno is a marinated chicken leg quarter that is roasted with onion and red bell peppers, turning it moist and juicy.
6800 West Gate Blvd. #112, 512/382-1022
It's true that the roti here isn't the rolled version typically served in the West Indies. Here it is flat, piled with meat or vegetables. The curried lamb and chicken are both lavished with the kind of spice that clings to the cheeks.
208 W. Fourth, 512/322-9921