Where's the Best Cuban Walk-Up Window?

Before the holidays, I focused on trying as many Cuban restaurants as I could north of Miami. I wanted to be literate in the area's offerings, but I also wanted to get a sense of two things. The first is why we're seeing a mini Cuban restaurant boom in the 'burbs, with the opening of two Havana's Restaurants and one Las Vegas Cuban Cuisine in Wilton Manors. The second, is what's the story with the walk-up window in our car-dominated culture?

In a city or at the beach, the walk-up window makes sense, as more people are on foot. In  the 'burbs, it's less clear. Is this for the ease of late-night takeout? Or is the walk-up window a cultural thing, where we're going to catch up over wee-hour sandwiches and coffee in a parking lot? Whether it's in a city or the 'burbs, I find myself charmed by the nostalgia of them.

I was also charmed by the throwbacks I visited, each of which offered a stronger sense of community than many restaurants I've been to since I moved here. Which brings us to this week's review.  And if you have a take on walk-up windows, have at it in the comments.

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Havana's Cuban Cuisine

10035 Sunset Strip, Sunrise, FL

Category: Restaurant

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Havana in WPB is the only Cuban 24 hour walk up  window I know of.

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I think the walk up window is a cultural thing. This helps get people to hang out for a few minutes and chat with the server or other patrons while they drink their cortadito and eat a croquette. The walk up window for La Carreta off Pines and University always seems to have a good amount of traffic, plus their saturday and sunday breakfast buffet is a great value.


Las Colinas in Oakland Park/Wilton Manors has a killer walk up window with the BEST Cafe con leche this side of 8th street. Also great pastries and empanadas.

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