Caribbean Candy Bar from Havana Café

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Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email laura.hahnefeld@newtimes.com.

56: Caribbean Candy Bar from Havana Café

Sometimes you feel like a nut. Sometimes you don't. And sometimes you want a more adult version of a coconut sweet treat that doesn't come out of a vending machine.

Enter the Caribbean Candy Bar from Havana Café, the traditional Latin cuisine eatery with locations in Phoenix and Scottsdale. This cool, coconut dessert is perfect for summer. And did someone say rum fudge sauce?

The Caribean Candy Bar features coconut flan and candied coconut sprinkled with toasted almonds and topped with whipped cream and rum fudge sauce.

A dessert that's lighter than it looks, the flan is deliciously cool, smooth, and refreshing, the candied bits of coconut and toasted almonds add texture, and the rum fudge sauce is just enough to add a bit of warm, chocolate sweetness to this decidedly island indulgence.

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2 comments
Nicole L.
Nicole L.

This review was entirely misleading.

I have to say, I was very disappointed with my dining experience at Havana Cafe last night... the place smelled wonderful upon walking in and everything tasted okay (though not as fresh as I would have expected for the price), but I was thrown off-guard by the plastic chairs and frozen fishstick-resembling appetizers!

The sangria is delectable and, in the moment, I enjoyed the ceviche (despite it's apathetic, room-temperature presence). However, the tapas sampler was incredibly disappointing... I've traveled throughout the Latin Caribbean and this food did not meet my expectations.  

Most importantly, though, I awoke in the middle of the night to horrible cramping, chills, and diarrhea that kept me up for hours. I have strong reason to believe this was food poisoning from the restaurant (given I didn't eat anything else last night) and I have every intention of pursuing a full refund.

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