Alcides ìCiroî Calvo was born in Cueto, Holguin, Cuba. He started to learn to cook from his father at the age of 13. Ciro opened his first restaurant in Cuba when he was just 17! After opening a few other restaurants in Cuba, Ciro moved to the United States. Between 1972 and today, Ciro has opened and operated many restaurants in the states, most recently, Los Cubanos Restaurant in San Jose. Erwin Caraballo, Ciroís grandson, explained that Los Cubanos Restaurant used to be located in downtown San Jose, but local development forced them to move to another location. ìWe were lucky to find this location with the busy intersection,î explained Erwin. Erwin was the first family member that Ciro finally taught his recipes to. Erwin mastered Ciroís techniques so he can continue Los Cubanos’ success into the next generation. In fact, several of Ciro and Erwinís family members work in the restaurant together. Los Cubanos Restaurant is an upscale casual establishment with comfy booths and beige tablecloths. A little bigger than their previous location, Los Cubanos can seat about 60 guests. The traditional Cuban dishes are Los Cubanos speciality. The Roast Pork is double roasted in its own juices and marinated in a secret Cuban marinate. The Shredded Beef is another popular dish; beef brisket cooked in tomato juice with bell peppers, onions, olive oil and seasoned with our special home made island spices.The Oxtail is a must-try dish. Erwin recommends it to everyone. ìSome people are skeptical at first, but they always order it again", it’s spicy, but not in the temperature sense, meaning that it has a lot of delicious spices that make it very tasty. The meat is so tender it falls right off the bone. Los Cubanos Restaurant offers homemade mojitos, homemade sangria, beer, and wine. What sets Los Cubanos Restaurant apart from everyone else is that their food is completely authentic due to the fact that their cuisine is prepared by Ciro and his grandson Erwin just as it has been for generations. (Unlike other Cuban restaurants in the area operated by non Cubans) Whether you have enjoyed Cuban cuisine before, or not, Los Cubanos is the right choice for authentic Cuban cuisine.
480 Blossom Hill Rd
San Jose, CA 95123