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The tuna sandwich at the Cuban Café with a side of Yuca

When we decided to lunch at the Cuban Café Tuesday, I knew my chosen side dish would be yuca with a zest of lemon. 

Yuca is a potato-like vegetable with the consistency of pumpkin. According to Melissa, co-owner of The Cuban Cafe, “Yuca is also known as cassava.” 

For my sandwich I chose the Tuna.

The menu describes the tuna sandwich as, “Albacore tuna prepared with onions, celery, lemon juice, salt, pepper, mayo, lettuce and tomatoes, loaded on 9 inches of Cuban bread.

The bread was wonderfully thin and crisp, just what I was looking for. Melissa says they order it from Florida. All the flavors inside the bread made for a delicious, light lunch.

Every time I have eaten at the Cuban Cafe, I have been pleased.

Did I mention the Cafe con Leche? Out of this world. You must try one if you are a coffee lover.

It is Cuban espresso with whipped sugar, topped with steamed milk. 

Restaurant owners, Melissa and Henry Russell opened the doors of The Cuban Café in 2015 when they decided to bring Cuban cuisine to Baytown. 

Melissa and Russell had grown up in Tampa, Florida, enjoying the recipes they now serve. Original recipes for sandwiches on their menu were developed in 1890 in Tampa’s Ybor City area. 

The Cuban Café serves breakfast and lunch from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. They are closed Sundays. The Cuban Café is located in West Town Shopping Center at 4232 Decker Drive in Baytown. They have a new location in Deer Park located at 1625 Center Street.

Visit them on the web at, call 281-424-2233 or find them on Facebook. You will be glad you did.

Carol Skewes is the publisher of The Baytown Sun. Contact her at

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