The restaurant is only five months old and sits on the west end of a strip mall on Commercial Blvd. It’s hidden, sandwiched in between a gym and a gas station. Maybe you notice the Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill when you drive by. You probably never see it, but you should.
Sabores Cuban & Latin Cuisine is serving up some of the most authentic Latin food in Fort Lauderdale. When you arrive for dinner, try to make it on a Wednesday or Thursday for the 2-for-$3.99 house-made margaritas and sangrias. Or maybe stop by on a Saturday for 5 for $18 beers and karaoke. But no matter what day of the week you get your Cuban craving, the Bandeja Fuego will be there.
The $20 sampler includes a tamal with roast pork, fried chicken chunks, two different kinds of Croquetas, chicken and beef empanadas, Yuca fries, long strips of fried plantains and chunks of sweet plantains. You will not be able to eat this by yourself. It will definitely feed you, a friend, and leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch. This alone is worth a visit.
Other appetizers, like Sabores nachos ($11) and Cuban turnovers ($2 each), are fan favorites, too.
But if you want to jump straight into a meal, you must absolutely get the Churrasco ($18): a thin, long piece of skirt steak served with homemade chimichurri sauce. Vaca Frita ($11), fried flank steak with sautéed onions, is another delicious choice. Pork chunks ($11) — deep fried and topped with mojo juice and sautéed onions — should be near the top of the list, too.
The Mexican entrees shouldn’t be ignored, though. Any type of fajita you want, from veggies to a combination of chicken, steak, and shrimp are all highly recommended ($11-$17). All the variations of Al Carbon are delicious: tacos, burritos, and especially the Chimichanga ($14): a large four tortilla rolled up and stuffed with chicken or steak, deep-friend and topped with Ranchera sauce and melted cheese. All Mexican entrees come with rice, beans, and sour cream.
Of course, classic sandwiches like the Cuban ($8) are available all day long. Try the Sabores sandwich ($10): ham, Swiss cheese, bacon, lettuce, and tomato all stuffed into Cuban bread.
If you can’t make it for dinner, you can go any day of the week during lunch for a dozen different daytime specials served until 3 p.m. Your favorites like Ropa Vieja ($8), Enchiladas ($8), and Churrasco ($13) come in smaller, yet still quite filling, servings. Early bird, from 3-6 p.m., and a kids menu, are also available.
Be sure to save room for dessert. Classics like Flan ($5) and Tres Leches ($5) are solid options, but others like guava with cream cheese ($4) and chocolate cake ($5) shouldn’t be ignored. You can add ice cream to any dessert for $1.
Of course, classic Cuban coffee drinks are offered any time of the day. Get a Café con Leche ($2.60) or Cortadito ($1.90) to go with any of your delicious, homemade dessert choices.
No matter when you go or what you get, you’ll never forget your meal at Sabores Cuban & Latin Cuisine. Your drive down Commercial Blvd. will never be the same.
If You Go:
Sabores Cuban & Latin Cuisine
1417 E Commercial Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334
Mon-Thurs: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Fri-Sat: 11 a.m. - midnight
Sunday: Noon-10 p.m.