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Jose's Real Cuban Food CLOSED

8799 Cortez Road W Bradenton, FL 34210
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Reviews (20)

  • Posted by Ann Young March 2015

    Went there I ordered steak with onions and got a breaded steak I sent it back it took too long for the food. The place was really dirty, and so were the menu's. I don't know how this place made in into Guys show? Thumbs down.

  • Posted by FlashBack September 2014

    Couldn't decide what to try so I ordered 'The Taste of Cuba'.....OMG delicious!!!!! Staff was very cool and Jose was a real genuine down-to-earth guy!

  • Posted by August 2014

    My son is visiting from Cali. He took me to a DDD Cuban spot in the bay area so we tried one here (Joses) Really great pulled pork and the Cuban combos also. Staff was really nice and provided us a few samples of some of the other foods. Wish I had an occasion to order the large Pealla sometime.

  • Posted by T-Bonius Funk January 2014

    We vacation annually on AMI, so we stopped at Jose's on a Sunday last Spring. They were closed for business and were having a cleaning day, but Jose gave us a sample of the pulled pork and asked us to come back. After Mom, Step-Dad, Grandma and Grandpa all had a small bite, our 6 year-old boy proceeded to DESTROY the rest of the sample! Meanwhile, we went to the Anna Maria Oyster Bar instead and I availed myself of the Early Bird Special of 50-cent oysters on the half-shell. (By the way, I highly recommend AMOB to anyone who has never been there.) Anyway, we went back to Jose's later in the week and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I had never had a Cuban sandwich before but had wanted to try one for a long time. I was NOT disappointed! Not only was it delicious, it was quite possibly the best sandwich I have ever had. The Boy and his Momma did "The Hunch" for a photograph I took, and the server laughed along with us and asked us to make sure and get them a copy of the pic. We did one better: We printed it with a caption, The Boy signed it, then we framed it and took it in to them. I took a pic of the Boy with Jose, and Jose promised the pic would be on the wall when we came back the following Spring. We are only months away from this year's trip, and are really looking forward to going back. We LOVE Jose's!

  • Posted by Kris February 2013

    I visited Jose's Real Cuban Food Today. And I have mixed feelings. First thing I noticed, was how dirty it was inside, then how loud it was. I was greeted by a female who was either eating food or chewing gum. Interesting. I was seated immediately. The table was dirty and the reusable menus had food on them. I ordered #6 Fricase de Pollo – Arroz blanco platanitos "Chicken Fricasse" "Cuban Style" rice and plantains. This was not fricasseed, but it was actually a heavily seasoned chicken breast smothered in onions and green peppers. The plantains were delicious that accompanied the rice. While I was eating my meal, they were emptying the trash and dragging it out the entrance leaving a trail of liquid leaking behind it. Gag! I took my items in a to-go as the ambiance was not there. I asked for a bread pudding to go. I was handed a heavy muffin and a plastic container of sauce in a small plastic bag.
    The cleanliness was certainly not there, and it makes me wonder if the restaurant was that dirty, what the kitchen/grill areas would be like. The whole place needs to be cleaned from top to bottom. Some of the best food comes out of greasy spoon restaurants, but there is no reason not to clean.

  • Posted by DARLENE November 2012

    Cant wait to visit you jose to eat your food saw your diner on the food Network:-):-) yum yum cant wait

  • Posted by Nick May 2012

    Hands down the best Cuban place. I've traveled the US for the past decade and this place is at the top. Small small hole in the wall. Service is excellent. Jose actually came out and spoke with me. They throw a sample of pork at you while you decide on your meal. Went with the Taste of Cuba...good sample of three big ticket items, topped off with a side of black beans and yucca and some plantains. Throw on some of Jose's homemade hot sauce and that about does it. If you're visiting the Sarasota/Bradenton area, I highly recommend it. Just by Guy's expressions, you can usually tell if he truly likes a place and I think this spot was one of his favs...and now I see why. 8-)

  • Posted by sweet willie February 2012

    yup hes scard to show up at one  of  senor beakfast  .

  • Posted by Monte January 2012

    Stopped today on our way from the Tampa airport to Sarasota.  Super good food!   Soups, Cuban, pulled pork were all excellent.  A lot of Triple D fans eating in this Dive!  This is our second visit to a Triple D joint.  We set a goal to do fifty before 12/31/12!

  • Posted by Lisa August 2011

    There were 4 of us, and we each had something different...and al of it was awesome!  The pork was fabulous; Jose is quite the host.  Would go back in a second.  

  • Posted by Kelly August 2011

    This is absolutely the best Cuban food you will eat! Have taken family and friends there, to rave rwviews from even the picky ones :)   Love Jose and the rest of the staff that will gladly let you sample everythign on the menu!

  • Posted by Kenny July 2011

    Pulled Pork, Cuban Sandwich, Cuban Coffee, Black Beans covered with onions. Its all good! Jose is a trip. Always friendly and truly concerned about you enjoying his food. Don't blink or you'll drive bye the place.

  • Posted by Anonymous June 2011

    when will this show be on in mi

  • Posted by JDIZZ June 2011

    Guy ive lived in bradenton all my life and never kew this place existed thanks for findin it

  • Posted by LeRoy June 2011

    This place is a great find!!  Walked in at 730 on a Monday night...PACKED!!  Jose himself greeted us at the door.  Upon discovering that we had never visited before, he disappears and quickly reappers with a sample of the Pork for us to try.  The food was amazing, and it surely is a place I never would have tried with out the help of Guy and friends!!

  • Posted by Michelle April 2011

    Jose is always so friendly and hospitable! The food is awesome too! My favorites are the Roast Pork and the Blackened Wahoo. If great food is what you are looking for, you won't be disappointed! 

  • Posted by Anonymous April 2011

    Ate there tonight, great place and friendly people . . . had the masa pork and wife had blackened wahoo. When does the show air?

  • Posted by Anonymous April 2011

    When will the show at Jose's air?

  • Posted by Precious April 2011

    I love their pressed cuban sandwiches and their chicken & yellow rice. I hear their burgers are sooooooooo good....I'll let you know.

  • Posted by Shawn March 2011

    Jose and staff are very friendly and welcoming!  I love the black bean soup!!  :-P

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