Spanish is Orlando’s second language and Cuban food is it’s second cuisine (even though the largest group of Hispanics in the area are from Puerto Rico, but that’s another story). There are several excellent Cuban restaurants—Numero Uno downtown, Padrino’s Cuban Bistro in Dr. Phillips and Rolando’s in the northern suburb of Casselberry. Located in a nice but not imposing space on State Road 436 (aka Semoran Blvd.), Rolando’s food is first rate. The menu hits all the highlights: bistec empanizado (pounded skirt steak, battered and fried and served with onions and lime wedges), ropa vieja (stewed shredded beef), pernil de cerdo asado (tender roast pork), red snapper, paella Valenciana, pollo asado (roast chicken), mofongo (plantains mashed with garlic) and of course black beans and rice. Rolando is one of the best Orlando restaurants and a must-try for out-of-this-world cuisine you're sure to only find here.
- Open Hours: Monday to Thursday from 11:00 AM to 09:00 PM, Friday from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Saturday from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Sunday from 12:00 PM to 08:30 PM
- Credit Cards Accepted: visa, mastercard, amex, discover
- Takeout Available: Yes