Another south Floridian Cuban girl's review
Posted on 03 / 18 / 2012
Black Bean Deli's been around for a long time, and has even been voted Orlando's best Cuban restaurant, though it's not so much of a restaurant as a food counter, with just 5 or 6 stools for seating.
My dinner consisted of a container of black bean soup (no rice, per my white rice hating preference), maduros (fried ripe plantains), and 2 vegan empanadas. Despite it being delicious, I was only able to eat half of it. It's a very good value.
I was in absolute heaven. I even traded a couple maduros for a couple of my friend's tostones (fried green plaintains) that I dipped into my black bean soup. SO GOOD. The black bean soup, while being a little salty, was really delish, and the platanos were cooked perfectly. (My Puerto Rican best friend that lives here recommends the black bean soup too!) The maduros have just the right degree of burned cripy edges, and the tostones having the correct crisp outsides and tender middles.
The empanadas were a little different than what I'm used to, and certainly different than mine, filled with meat analogue, carrots and potatoes. This gave it a very cuban comfort food taste (like potaje). I enjoyed them much, and savored them fresh and hot, and cold out of the fridge later!
(Further research determined that they even have an empanada food truck (laempananda.com) that travels around the winter park area. WHAT?!?!?!! Yes. And it sounds like some of those amazing empanadas could possibly be vegan by their descriptions. Someone please find out!)
Full review with pictures here: http://cameraphonevegan.com/2012/03/15/black-bean-deli-orlando-fl/
good value, delicious, fast
limited seating, styrofoam, no recycling