In the heart of Orange, CA, there is the Plaza Square. This is where all of the shops and eateries are. If you look up Glassel and Chapman in Orange, CA on Google Maps, you can see that Plaza Square is actually a circle. I thought that was kind of ironically funny. Before I bore you with shapes and maps, let me get back on topic. Plaza Square holds many “good to eat” places and one of them is Felix Continental Cafe.
Felix is a restaurant serving traditional Cuban dishes. They are popular for their breakfast and brunch as well. I go here for the roast pork plate. The pork is roasted in its own dripping along with bitter orange and seasonings — sides include rice and black beans. Eating the pork with the maduros (plantains) was delicious. It had the taste of a pulled pork “meats” carnitas. At first I thought it would be dry, but I was quite wrong. Also, the meatiness and savoriness of the pork, with the sweetness of the plantains worked really well together. What Asian boy doesn’t like meat and rice anyways?
To top it all off, we also had the french toast. You got two french toast per order for something like 3 bucks. Thick cut, with powdered sugar on top the French toast was really cheap, and really good. I thought the low price was a sign of bad french toast, but it was surprisingly huge and delicious — I would order that again.
Sadly, this time, we could not get their amazing desserts. Of course I am talking about their rice pudding and tres leches cake. I had their rice pudding and tres leches cake before, and they are really out of this world good. It was one of the best tres leches cakes I have ever had — possibly even the best of all cakes. It was that good.
I don’t have Cuban cuisine enough. It is probably because there aren’t a lot around. Honestly though, the restaurant doesn’t look like much on the inside, but once you get the food, you start to Cuban cuisine more. Felix Continental Cafe is real home cooked Cuban food. That plate of food you get is what you would get at any Cuban household. No frills, nothing of that nature — Just straight up, good Cuban cuisine.
Also, if you love Cuban food and you are in the OC, check out Habana in Costa Mesa. Upscale Cuban, and delish.