I visited Jose’s for the first time earlier today. The food was really good and Jose seems like a great guy. He is certainly a hardworking hombre. He does everything from the scratch cooking to serving diners inside this cozy little cantina. Jose is a native of the Miami area, but their loss is surely our gain.
Jose’s can be found at 8799 Cortez Road West in Bradenton, Florida
I ordered the Cuban sandwich and I was quite happy with the decision. Jose also gave me a complimentary taste of the Lechon Asado (marinated pulled pork) and some of his famous Cuban black beans. Both were quite tasty — especially the tender, sour orange marinated pork butt. Jose cooks it for just 4 hours, but it tastes like it has been stewing for far longer. Really tender and dripping with super-flavorful pork fat.
Although the “Mom’s Recipe” Cuban flan was on Jose’s “86 list” (he explained that meant they were sold out), he managed to conjure up a sliver for me. Man, it was soooo good. Jose has been in business for just 18 months and claims that business is pretty brisk. He asked, “Can’t you see the bags under my eyes?” He runs the eatery by day and caters at night. Please support Jose and his quest to provide Manatee County with some authentic Cubano grub. He’s located just a couple miles east of Bradenton Beach. Jose loves baseball and added that several Pittsburgh Pirates and TB Rays employees dine with him regularly.