Text Size

SCLogin

Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2014 JoomlaWorks Ltd.

Dabeni's Latin

DabenisI was a little concerned when I stopped in at Dabeni’s Latin, a tiny bakery and cafe in a strip of shops on Michigan Street near Orange Avenue. I had been lured in by the sign out front touting a lunch special. But when I got inside and the friendly woman behind the counter lifted the lids from the steam trays of the three prepared foods offered that day, I had to double check that it said Latin food out front. 

On one end was spaghetti and meatballs, on the other end was fried chicken. I don’t usually associate either of those with Latin American cuisine. Fortunately, in the middle, was a catfish stew with chunks of banana looking -- and smelling -- decidedly Latin. That’s what I had, along with a scoop of mofongo, the fried mashed plantains that are such a guilty pleasure.

It turned out to be quite a feast for $7.99 (including drink), even without the dry lettuce and tomato wedges that, I suppose, were meant to be a salad. The mofongo was full of flavor, even beyond the predominant garlic, and I loved the big slab of bacon that sat atop the mash. And the catfish stew, with onions and tomatoes in the mix, was so good that I almost went back for more.

Dabeni’s main feature, however, just may be its baked goods, from cookies to pastries to rolls and cakes. There were so many items available that I questioned whether they were all made on the small premises. The woman assured me that she made everything in the store except the bottled juices and sodas.

I couldn’t resist the slice of tres leches that was calling my name from within the glass display case. It was so wonderfully moist and delicious. I fear I’ll be going back often.

Dabeni’s Latin Restaurant & Bakery is at 239 E. Michigan St., Orlando. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and early dinner (closes at 6 p.m. weekdays and 5 p.m. Saturdays) Monday through Saturday and for breakfast and lunch Sunday. Here’s a link to latinfoodinorlando.com. The phone number is 407-422-6888.

{fblike}

Related Articles/Posts
Chef's Dinner at Citrus Restaurant, Created by Scott JosephChef's Dinner at Citrus Restaurant...
As I mentioned when I reviewed Citrus Restaurant most recently, the popular restaurant in Orlando's North Quarter has been stepping up the quality of its cuis...
Supper Club Redux: Oceanaire Seafood Room Still Tops, Created by Scott JosephSupper Club Redux: Oceanaire Seafood Room Still Tops...
We had another successful meeting of the Supper Club Thursday at Oceanaire Seafood Room, one of our favorite meeting spots. The staff did a terrific job takin...
Four Seasons Set to Open Soon (But Not All the Restaurants Yet), Created by Scott JosephFour Seasons Set to Open Soon (But Not All the Restaurants Yet)...
I got a sneak peek at the brand spanking new Four Seasons and its restaruants on Thursday. Well, not all of it — just a couple of seasons, actually. But what ...
Bistro CloClo Now Serving Brunch, Created by Scott JosephBistro CloClo Now Serving Brunch...
Bistro CloClo, the charming French cafe in the Dr. Phillips Marketplace on Restaurant Row, has added a Sunday brunch to its repertoire (see how I cleverly wor...
Sushi Tomi, Created by Scott JosephSushi Tomi...
Sushi isn't as uncommon as it once was. Once relegated only to Japanese restaurants, sushi can now be found in Thai, Chinese and even American restaurants — i...
Thursday, 31st July 2014

What is a Flog?

A flog is a food blog with news and reviews of restaurants. Here you'll find all things edible, lots of things to drink, including expert wine advice, and lots of other stuff.


Follow Scott ...

Scott's Newsletter

Please register to the site before you can sign for a list.
No account yet? Register

Flog Advertisement

Featured Links:
Shargaa illustrations
The Best Graphic Design Firm in the Business! (And designer of the Scott Joseph's Orlando Restaurant Guide logo.)
Cucciaioni Photography
Cucciaioni Photography by Eric Cucciaioni, Official Photographer of Scott Joseph's Orlando Restaurant Guide.