Zaza New Cuban Diner has set up a nifty online ordering system for effortless and contactless takeout, at least to a point, but we’ll come back to that.
Zaza has four locations – Curry Ford Road, Waterford Lakes, Altamonte Springs and Lake Mary – so it’s a good choice for a large audience. And if you’ve tried Zaza before, you know that the food is good.
When you go to the website and click the Order Now button, you’ll be asked to choose a location from among the four, then you’ll have the option to choose takeout or delivery, which is through a third-party service. For takeout, you can choose to get it as soon as possible or schedule it for later in the day, which is nice, too.
Then you can start making your choices by clicking on the categories. Each item has a description, and when you make a selection, you’re given the opportunity to customize it or add to it. It’s all very intuitive.
I quickly placed my order for Lechon Asado, Ropa Vieja, Ham Croquettes and an Empanada.
When you’ve made all your selections, including the three sides that come with most entrees, you click checkout and go to a page that clearly lists what you’ve ordered. Enter your details and you can even add a tip so you won’t have to exchange credit cards at the restaurant.
It also says on the website that when you get to the restaurant you can call the phone number and someone will bring the order to your car. Perfect.
At least in theory. Unfortunately, when I arrived at the restaurant on Curry Ford Road and called the phone number, it went to a recording that told me no one was available to take my order. So I had to step inside the restaurant – a table was near the door to prevent people from going too far inside – and get my order.
The food was packaged in hardy plastic clamshells with clear tops. Some food was in cardboard bowls, and all of it was hot.
And tasty, too. I especially liked the Lechon Asado, moist roast pork with big chunks of onion.
Ropa Vieja, the classic dish of stewed beef, was good, too, especially served over the white rice.
The order also included congris, the mix of white rice with black beans, pinto beans, black bean soup, and sweet plantains. The tostados, big and firm, were my favorite, especially with a little extra salt on top.
The ham croquettes were soft and nicely fried. The empanada also had ham as well as a gooey yellow cheese.
It was an ample amount of food for not a lot of money, and I had enough left over for another contactless meal.
Zaza New Cuban Diner is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, takeout or delivery. Check the website for locations and ordering information.