Wednesday, April 16, 2008

New in Pensacola -- Varona's Cuban Restaurant

PLEASE NOTE: Varona's Cuban Restaurant closed on December 7, 2008.

C, Pensacola
Here's what Jack had to say about our meal at Varona's --

Tonight, we had dinner at the new Varona's Cuban Restaurant on 12th Avenue. It was superb. The only restaurant space in Pensacola that's equally elegant is Jackson's. Yet Varona's is quite casual and reasonably priced. Both our meals were well and carefully prepared. We also shared a garlic shrimp appetizer that was delicious. Happy to say that even at an early hour (we got there around 5:30) they were doing great business. It's a sensational addition to the town's restaurant scene and should be a great success.

To read all about the restaurant, owner Robert de Varona, Executive Chef Victor Garcia and to see the menu click here.

From Varona's web site: "Owner Robert de Varona grew up in Cuba in the 40s and 50s and wanted to create a destination dining experience similar to the restaurants and nightclubs of that era. Varona's features authentic Cuban dishes with a dash of American and Continental favorites. Appetizers are available in the bar, as well as complete meals, and our signature beverage is the mojito!"

PLEASE NOTE: Internet searchers need to know that the restaurant's name is spelled Varona's, not Verona's.


HawaiiVacationGifts said...

It sounds like a great restaurant, I am so envious. I am not a total hick, but I have never been to a Cuban restaurant.

Kenyo said...

Except for South Florida -- the Keys to Miami to Tampa -- Cuban restaurants are pretty rare around here. The new place I want to hit real soon is Papa Nalu Aloha Grill our only Hawaiian restaurant.

Kenyo said...

Honolulu's Soul de Cuba Restaurant seems to be Hawaii's only Cuban Restaurant. And it sounds really good.

Here is a review of it from Ono Kine Grindz Blog.