The Cuban Café Is Coming To Promenade Point Shopping Center!

A brand-new local eatery will soon bring the sights, sounds, and flavors of Cuba to the Madison/Huntsville area! Join us in welcoming The Cuban Café to the Promenade Point shopping center at 5510 Promenade Point Parkway.

Utilizing the culinary savvy of Jesenia (Jessi) Ysalgue and the entrepreneurial spirit of her husband Andy Ysalgue, The Cuban Café will be a vibrant spot where guests can experience authentic Cuban culture and cuisine.

Photo Credit: Katie Shelton; Jesenia (Jessi) Ysalgue: Co-owner & Operating Manager; Andy Ysalgue: Co-owner

“We are happy to announce that lovers of traditional Cuban dishes in the Madison/Huntsville area will soon have a great option to enjoy close by,” said Andy, co-owner of The Cuban Café. “There’s going to be something to satisfy every one of your senses, and we can’t wait to open our doors and deliver a memorable experience.”

The Cuban Café will serve guests six days a week and is tentatively scheduled to open in early August of this year. The hours will be:

Monday – Closed

Tuesday – Thursday: 11am-10pm

Friday – Saturday: 11am-11pm

Sunday – 11am-9pm

Bold, Fresh Flavors in Every Bite

What makes The Cuban Café unique? According to Jessi, operating manager and co-owner, it’s the years of training in the restaurant industry, authenticity, and soul that goes into every dish.

“This is the way I was taught to cook as a child, so I have been making these dishes all my life,” explained Jessi. “There’s something so special about Cuban food and the way it makes you feel. Cilantro, garlic, peppers—you can taste every ingredient and appreciate what it brings to the meal.”

For years, Jessi and Andy had the dream of opening a café that served the fresh and bold flavors they grew up with. And now, Jessi is inviting others to discover the delight of Cuban cuisine.

“We will, of course, have a traditional Cuban sandwich made with roasted pork, sweet ham, pickles, and swiss,” assured Jessi. “It’s one of our favorites and we are thrilled to serve it alongside other types of sandwiches and many other menu items including ropa vieja, picadillo, and much more.”

Ropa vieja is Jessi’s favorite dish to eat when visiting family in Miami. She explained that the name of the dish translates to “old clothes” in Spanish, a term that describes the look of the meat once it’s prepared.

“It’s a beef stew that includes meat shredded like old clothes,” she laughed. “It has meat, veggies, red sauce, and spices. When it’s homemade, the flavor will almost smack you in the face. It’s delicious.”

There will also be plenty of desserts to choose from on The Cuban Café menu, like Jessi’s famous flan.

“It’s the best flan I’ve ever had in my life,” complimented Andy. “We beg her to make it for every family event—they are never complete without it. I know guests are going to love it.”

The future home of The Cuban Cafe!

 Enjoy the Sights, Sounds, and Flavors of Cuba

Homemade fare isn’t the only reason to visit The Cuban Café—there’s much more to experience. For instance, there will be a decorated patio where patrons can smoke cigars and sip a craft cocktail while listening to the smooth sounds of drums, guitars, bongos, and trumpets playing in the background. Latin music will play an important role in the overall atmosphere.

“We want The Cuban Café to be more than a place you drop by for a good meal, although it will be that,” clarified Andy. “Our patio will be one of the most comfortable spots in the café. We want people to be able to close their eyes and feel like they are in Cuba or Miami. We keep using the word ‘authentic’, but that’s really what we are going for. Sharing these parts of the Cuban culture is something that’s special to us.”

Andy also shared that live music may be at the café during special occasions and events.

“Grab a mojito or a Cuban sandwich and hang with us for awhile,” invited Jessi. “We are a place that everyone in the family can enjoy. And we are just around the corner for all of our Madison customers.”

In the End, It’s About the People

For Jessi, nothing excites her more than opening the doors and getting to know her guests.

“We’ve wanted to bring this café to life for years,” shared Jessi. “So we have put a lot of planning and hard work into making sure it’s exactly what we envisioned. You can find Cuban sandwiches in many places—and they are all delicious. But we wanted to share them with traditional ingredients, prepared in a way that stood the test of time in our own family. We love Madison and Huntsville, and we are eager to open so they can try our recipes.”

Jessi and Andy have been part of the Madison/Huntsville community for 10 years. After one visit, the couple immediately fell in love with the area and decided it was the perfect place to raise a family.

“The first time we visited ten years ago, we had 70-degree weather, a tornado, and snow flurries all within four days,” joked Andy. “We love the colors and the seasons here, but more than anything we love the people and the family atmosphere.”

The duo also mentioned the growth of the area and said they hope the new café will be a player in the continuing progress of the city.

“We wanted to create a place that brings the community together to enjoy great food and fun,” said Jessi. “Madison and Huntsville have some amazing restaurants—we eat at them frequently. We are honored to soon be a part of such a diverse, quality group of restaurateurs.”

“Our roots are in Miami, but we have made Madison our home,” said Jessi. “This is a way for us to invite our friends to experience something they may not have had the chance to experience before. Whether you’re coming to grab a bite, hang out at the bar, or relax on our patio, we want you to leave feeling refreshed, happy, and—of course—full of comforting Cuban cooking.”

To learn more about The Cuban Café and to get updates on its opening, be sure to like them on Facebook!

Photo Credit: Katie Shelton; “There’s something so comforting about traditional Cuban cooking…” – Jessi Ysalgue

Have you tried Cuban food before? What’s your favorite dish? Let us know in the comments!

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Huntsville Speaks: STOVEHOUSE

It’s time again for another “Huntsville Speaks” where we ask for feedback from the community on what YOU want to see come to the Rocket City!

Your input matters, and that’s why we continue to ask you what it is you’d like to see and enjoy in Huntsville. You speak, we listen—and we go out and try to make it happen!

This time, we are asking everyone to weigh in on our latest big announcement: STOVEHOUSE. Not only will this development be home to the city’s first urban food garden, but it will also include a rooftop wine bar and plenty of space for events—big and small!

We’d love to hear YOUR ideas on what restaurants and eateries you’d like to see in this one-of-a-kind historic space. We are looking for unique, regional concepts. Is there something in Birmingham, Chattanooga, Atlanta, or Nashville that you’d like to see here? Comment below and let us know!

Need a little help brainstorming? Here are some examples of what could be fitting for this space.

“What restaurants and eateries would you love to see at STOVEHOUSE?”

 Food from around the world:

Are there concepts out there that feature cuisine from a specific region that you’re passionate about? Restaurants that serve up favorites from around the world are always a popular choice. Döner kebab, dumplings, falafels, pierogies, gyros, ramen—there’s a lot out there to choose from!

 Food for the dessert lover:

Are you ruled by your sweet tooth? When we see shops that serve cookie dough, specialty ice cream, macaroons, and pies, we can’t help but want them nearby. What kind of dessert shops would you like to see at STOVEHOUSE?

Food for specific diets:

Restaurants like Mason Dixon Bakery & Bistro have seen a lot of success in Huntsville because they offer incredible fare for customers with gluten allergies or other dietary restrictions. There are a growing number of options in the culinary world for vegans, vegetarians, and people who prefer to eat organic or local. Would you like to see more restaurants like this in Huntsville? If so, which ones?

Those are just a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing. What restaurant concepts do you want to see at STOVEHOUSE?

Comment below and let us know! Or send us a direct message on Facebook or Instagram. We are listening.

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Huntsville Restaurant Week Has Arrived—Time To Eat!

Welcome to Huntsville, Alabama—a city bursting at the seams with unique, diverse, and delicious restaurants. On any given day, it’s possible to experience cuisine from all over the world without ever leaving the Rocket City. If you’ve been looking for an excuse to head out and explore the local food scene, you’re in luck. The 6th annual Huntsville Restaurant Week is happening August 11th through the 20th!

A part of the statewide Alabama Restaurant Week, this culinary event puts a spotlight on Huntsville/Madison eateries by encouraging patrons to enjoy discounts, tastings, and special events all throughout the week at participating restaurants. An impressive 60 restaurants will offer deals this year, making it the largest (and most diverse) Restaurant Week in the city’s history.

And as an added bonus this year, local breweries will be offering specialty brews designed specifically for the event. It’s clear that in Huntsville, food is a big deal.

So get ready for a marathon week of enjoying some of the best cuisine the city has to offer!

What kind of deals can you get?

Great question. Participating restaurants have been asked to offer at least one of the specially priced menu options:

  • Lunch Specials – $10 or $15 featuring two courses
  • Dinner Specials – $10, $20, $30, and $40 with three courses
  • Bonus Bites – This category features establishments that do not offer lunch or dinner but will participate by giving discounts on desserts, appetizers, or smaller bites.

Click here to view the entire list of participants in the 2017 Huntsville Restaurant Week.

We had to try out a few for ourselves!

With all of this much-deserved hype, a few of us at Crunkleton set out to try some specials. (And we will be trying more as the week goes on.) What we discovered were some of the most mouth-watering dishes we’ve ever tasted.

Church Street Wine Shoppe

The deal – $15 Food and Wine pairing. Options include Guacamole & Belle Chevre Dip, Basil Pesto Flatbread, Barbecue Chicken Flatbread or Summer Salad. One of those items will be paired with a wine choice of Leap of Faith Corbieres or Mode de Vie.

We couldn’t help it—we ordered it all! It’s impossible to decide between Barbecue Chicken and Basil Pesto, after all. And the guacamole almost stole the show! With a generous helping of Belle Chevre atop, every bite was extra creamy and flavorful.

But the Summer Salad was nothing to be ignored. The fresh slices of watermelon and heirloom tomatoes were perfectly paired with the Mode de Vie. Speaking of wine, the selections were outstanding, as well.

The Mode de Vie White Blend is from the Languedoc region of France and is making its world debut at Church Street Wine Shop. At the moment, it’s an exclusive offering of the restaurant made by local Huntsvillian Bjoern Lanwer.

And let’s not forget the red wine, Leap of Faith. Another creation of Bjoern, this wine comes from the Corbieres region of France and is also making its world debut. Be sure to check out the artwork on the bottle. It was designed by Kevin LePrince who broke fundraising records at the Huntsville Museum of Art as their featured artist, selling over 20 paintings in one night.

Church Street Wine Shoppe is the perfect place to get something fresh and filling this week. And be sure to ask for the guacamole.

Mason Dixon Bakery and Bistro

The deal – $15 “Steve Martin” jerked chicken sandwich with grilled pineapple, lime aioli, and smoked jicama slaw. (For a vegan option, substitute jerked portabella in place of chicken) with a choice of side salad (house, Caesar or cucumber) and a choice of fresh baked cupcake.

Have you ever seen the Steve Martin movie “The Jerk”? Mason Dixon loved the 1979 classic so much that they named a sandwich after it. It IS jerked chicken, after all. Along with its clever name comes a bold, sweet, and savory taste.

It wasn’t difficult to devour the entire thing, and the pineapple and jicama slaw balanced out the flavors perfectly.

If you’re in need of a gluten free option this week, look no further. The team at Mason Dixon will make your wishes come true.

Honest Coffee Roasters

The deal – $10 ANY Acai Bowl paired with ANY Specialty drink

Honest Coffee Roasters has become a popular spot for hanging out, having business meetings, and catching up with friends. And it’s located in the heart of Downtown Huntsville. Yes, you can get some wonderful specialty coffee there, but locals are falling in love with their acai bowls too.

This week only, Honest Coffee will offer two items that are not normally found on the menu. Introducing the Sunset Spritzer and Midnight Maqui Bowl!

This sweet, salty, and very filling bowl is just what we needed on a busy Monday morning. The Midnight Maqui Bowl features dried cherries, pretzels, bananas, cherries, honey, salt, and maqui powder. Maqui is a super fruit that is growing in popularity and packed full of antioxidants.

And the Sunset Spritzer is the coffee shop’s version of a cherry soda—delightful!

There are also other specialty drinks to choose from including the Twickenham Tea Latte, Ninth Green, and Peach Please. Why not try them all?

Of course, this is only a VERY small sampling of what is available this week. (If we had time we’d definitely try them all!) We hope everyone has a chance this week to investigate the unbelievable culinary scene in Huntsville.

Oh, remember to take plenty of food pictures and tag them with #DineHSV. You just might win a prize!

 Is there a special you are excited to try or a restaurant we should go check out this week? We love suggestions. Let us know in the comments below!

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