of the more fun things about travel is the serendipitous
happenings while in journey.
While driving along Florida’s Highway 75, in the
Everglades, also known as “Alligator Alley, we sidestepped a
tad to the town of Chokoloskee.
This little village has a menagerie of little businesses,
which cater to the ecotourism, fishing, and everglades crowd.
But, we were looking for lunch.
We had one place in mind, but upon arriving there, the
proprietor, told us they had closed up their sandwich shop, and
were now sending that part of their business over to the Habana
Café, a couple blocks away.
Once we approached, parked, and walked inside, I knew we
were in for a special treat. . .The smells from within, told me
this was going to be no ordinary lunch.
Habana Café has built a small reputation on its very loved
Cuban Sandwiches, on a flattened style roll; but I opted for
their Sautéed Cuban Shrimp with rice.
The recipe appears simple, but the flavor (especially of
the sauce) was remarkable.
Our waitress gave up the secret of the sauce, and the recipe for
the dish is as follows:
a medium hot frying pan, put the olive oil, with an equal amount
of soy sauce.
Add the Old Bay Seasoning.
Once brought up to heat, add the sliced bell peppers (all
colors) sliced onion, garlic and shrimp.
Sauté’ a bit, before adding the tomatoes.
Cook until shrimp are done.
Serve on a bed of rice.
I noticed that Habana used more natural looking rice.
Not completely white, but not really brown either.
I would also recommend serving with a side of black beans.
Together they are wonderful!
Habana Café is located at 191 Smallwood, Chokoloskee, Florida