La Cachita Restaurant
4546 Bergenline Avenue
Union City, NJ
Union City represents something of uncharted territory for me, even after living in Jersey for almost 15 years now — and that’s a shame, because even after a cursory food discovery expedition, it appears to be an absolute treasure trove of Latin American cuisine, rivalling Calle Ocho in Miami (where we’ll be in a week or so — stay tuned). In particular, there’s a strip of Bergenline Avenue that goes on for about 10 blocks that’s literally store after store of Cuban, Colombian and Dominican eateries. There’s so many of them that even if you pick one at random, chances are you’ll still find something good to eat. Which is exactly what we did a few days ago.
La Cachita is a brand new restaurant, this particular space was a vegetable market only two months ago.
Looking for real Miami-style Cuban food? Click on the “Read the rest of this entry” link below for some mouthwatering photos.
The restaurant is pretty big, it closely resembles the type of Cuban restaurants you’d find in Little Havana.
La Cachita has a fresh seafood store with all kinds of ceviches and seafood salads, as well as fresh fish to take home.
The owner, Ramon (left) overseeing the operation.
Service is prompt and friendly.
Batidas, Cuban fresh fruit shakes, are avaliable in several exotic flavors. Rachel chose “mamey“.
Cortadito, or Cuban Cafe con Leche.
Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice (Jugo de Naranja)
Sopa de Pollo, Cuban Chicken Soup.
Empenadas, Chicken and Beef.
Empenada de Queso con Guava (Cream Cheese and Guava Paste). It tasted a lot like a Jewish cream cheese and jelly sandwich, which is not at all a bad thing. In fact it was excellent.
Sandwich de Medianoche, a close cousin of the ubiquitous Sandwich Cubano, with pork (lechon) and ham, swiss and pickle. The primary difference is that a Medianoche uses sweet eggy bread, similar to challah or brioche, which is then toasted in the sandwich press. Medianoches are common in Miami but are less common in the NY Metro area, so I relish the opportunity to eat them.
Medianoches awaiting the press.
Lechon, Cuban roast pork for Medianoches and Cubanos.
Mofongo de Camarones, Shrimp with fried plantain mash and spicy sauce.
Chuletas de Cerdo, Pork Chops.
Flan de Caramel