The Nashville Scene reviews the Back to Cuba Cafe and finds its atmosphere and food to be as authentically Cuban as Miami's Little Havana.
"In the years since Castro’s takeover, Americans have become increasingly familiar with Cuban cuisine, but until recently Nashvillians have had nowhere to sample it. Happily, thanks to Alex Martinez, himself a Cuban émigré, that longing is now being delectably sated at Back to Cuba Café. In the Trousdale Drive strip center adjacent to Mama Mia’s restaurant (which Martinez owns with his wife Rebecca), the little café is so redolent of similar places in Little Havana as to make visitors feel they have left Nashville on the other side of the door—at least my dining companions, longtime habitués of Calle Ocho, did."
"The culturally correct vibe set the bar high for the food, and we were not disappointed. Five adults and one child set upon the six dishes and Cuban sandwich we ordered like a pack of coyotes, and 30 minutes later, when every plate was virtually wiped clean, all we could do was smile at our good fortune."
Back to Cuba Cafe
4683 Trousdale Drive
11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Tues. - Sat.