Regular readers of the blog know that it is a rare event when we name a particular restaurant as an official Q-Roo Paul’s Pick. The last time this happened was back in January of this year when we added Pizzeria Manglar to the list.
It’s not that we haven’t eaten at great restaurants since January, of course we have. However, in order to be named as an official pick, we have to be certain that the food quality, service and experience is consistently excellent over an extended period of time. On average, we visit a restaurant more than a dozen times before considering them for inclusion.
With that being said, we are adding Qubano Restaurant in Isla Mujeres to the list. We’ve been visiting this restaurant for about six years and the food has always been excellent.
Qubano is a Cuban restaurant that serves both traditional and non-traditional dishes.
An example of a non-traditional dish would be the Decadent Cuban Nachos, which uses tostones (fried green plaintains) instead of tortilla chips (shown below). This is Linda’s favorite all-time favorite!
I have two favorites on the menu: the Elena Russ Sandwich (shown below) and the Cuban Sandwich, which is not shown below because I ate it before it occurred to me that I should have taken a picture first.
No matter what you end up ordering, we highly recommend that you start any meal with an order of tostones (fried green plantains) complete with mojo (a sauce made with garlic, onions, sour orange and olive oil).
The mojo at Qubano is the best that either of us has ever tasted and it is absolutely addictive.
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Let’s Wrap This Up
Qubano’s is our first stop whenever we visit Isla Mujeres and we usually visit it more than once during our stay.
On our most recent trip to the island, we actually ate there a total of five times in four days. I know that sounds like a lot, but in our defense, one of those times was just for a quick snack of tostones with mojo.