Grub Alert: Café con Leche

Have you found yourself searching the city far and wide these last two years, for the perfect Cuban sandwich — one that is just as meaty and cheesey as the ones dished out by the Paladar Cubano food truck that once graced the corner of 89th and Aurora? Well your search is over, because the owner of Paladar Cubano is bringing thier Cuban flair back to Seattle and setting up permanent residence in SODO by the name of Café Con Leche.

Pedrito Vargas, restaurant owner and musician, has brought the festive city streets of Havana and flavors of Cuba to the building on the corner of  29th and 1st  avenue, by outfitting it with paintings of classic cars and a giant colorful mural.

The menu at Café Con Leche is bursting with ‘el sabor de Cuba’- classic Cuban criollo delicacies, all freshly made by hand and delivered with a passion.

To start, they offer a variety of Cuban sandwiches. The Cubano, once hailed as the best in Seattle, is stuffed full of ham and roast pork, cheese, pickles and tangy mustard between two slices of sweet Cuban bread, then grilled to a crisp and served with hot crispy fried plantains

Combination plates, such as Steak de Puerco-a cumin and orange marinated roast pork, or Ropa Vieja- shredded beef braised with a flavorful combination of onions, peppers, garlic and tomatoes are also available. All combination plates are served with a side of simmered black beans and white rice.

Come with an empty stomach because there are plenty of side dishes that are a must try. Yucca Frita are fried yucca dipped in a robust garlic sauce, or try the tostones- friend green plantains.

To wash it all down, café Con Leche offers novelty Cuban soft drink-Materva, Jupina, and Iron beer, as well as Mamey or Mango fruit shakes.

In the upcoming months watch out for Café con Leche to start offering happy hour as well as a dinner menu. If you’re looking for a taste of authentic Cuba, you have found the right place!

Café con Leche | 2901 1st Ave S, Seattle |(206) 682-7557