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Havana

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    Betty-Jane Hernandez of Havana Patio Cafe: "You Just Have to Roll With The Punches"

    BJ Hernandez Havana Patio Cafe Chef, owner www.havanacafe-az.com In 1991, when Betty-Jane (BJ) and Gilbert Hernandez opened Havana Cafe in a space just off Camelback Road, you couldn't even get chorizo or black beans in this town. You could smoke inside restaurant dining rooms (in fact, Havana Cafe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    10 Best Things I Ate and Drank in June

    If you follow our Chow Bella Instagram account (@chowbellaphx) and have been keeping up with our Food Tours series, then you already know that June included quite of bit of travel for the Chow Bella team -- including me. I don't always get to share details about the food I've eaten on my trips, so I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    5 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

    Changing Hands Bookstore Today Writer and blogger Kate Payne wants to help make your kitchen hip. And no, that doesn't mean having cutesy plates and matching window curtains. To this kitchen guru being hip is about making the most of everything you buy and learning to do some things -- like baking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2014

    La Fontanella in Arcadia Has Closed After More Than 30 Years

    There must be something in the air this month because in just the last few weeks we've had to say goodbye to quite a few classic Valley restaurants. The most recent casualty: La Fontanella, the more than three decades-old Italian restaurant that served solid, old-school Tuscan cuisine in the Arcadia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Havana Cafe in Phoenix to Close After More Than 25 Years

    We told you earlier this month that LGO Hospitality -- the group behind Le Grande Orange, Ingo's Tasty Food, and Chelsea's Kitchen among others -- has plans to open a new restaurant at 4225 East Camelback Road. That location is currently the home of a small complex called Camelback Court, in which t ... More >>

  • Music

    October 17, 2013
  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    We Talked to Jeffrey Robens of Killing Spree About Their Bar Rescue Concert

    If you watched the Rocky Point Cantina episode of Bar Rescue you may have noticed a lot of weird things about the episode--like how the bar they rescued is now boarded up and closed. Here's one you might not have caught: Local metal band Killing Spree playing to someone else's crowd. We talked to le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2013

    Spoiler Alert: Bar Rescue Hates Metalheads, Helps Kill Rocky Point Cantina

    First you have to know that SpikeTV still exists. Then you'll have to take my word that one of its reality shows is a Kitchen Nightmares clone called Bar Rescue. Then you'll have to know that Tempe's Rocky Point Cantina (briefly known as Havana Cabana) is the bar the show will set out to rescue Sund ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    MC Magic: Havana Brown's "We Run the Night" Should Have Been an Even Bigger Pop Smash

    Every once in a while I run into a record I've never heard of, even though it's been out for a while. "We Run the Night," by Australian DJ-turned-recording-artist Havana Brown, is one of those records, and I'm surprised it didn't become a pop smash in the United States. It boasts over 29 million vi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 16, 2013
  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    Havana Cafe's Gilbert Hernandez Dies at 85

    Gilbert Hernandez who, along with wife BJ (Betty-Jane), founded Havana Cafe in Phoenix and Havana Patio Cafe in Scottsdale, has died at age 85. See also: - Eddie Basha, Grocery Magnate, Dies at 75 Hernandez, who passed away on April 21, was born in Havana, Cuba, on July 24, 1927. He came to Americ ... More >>

  • Music

    October 25, 2012
  • Calendar

    September 27, 2012
  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Banana Cream Pie from Zinburger

    ​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. 32: Banana Cream P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Gruyere Popovers from BLT Steak

    Erica O'Neil​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. 52: Gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    Caribbean Candy Bar from Havana Café

    ​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 Cand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    Mojito 101, Trust Table and Whipped Cream Cake in Today's Eater's Digest

    seasaltwithfood.com​ Hungry for for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Mojito 101Tonight at Havana Patio Cafe in North Phoenix, learn how to make a Mojito like a pro. For just $10 learn how to create this Cuban cocktail while listening to live music and sn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    Now Open: Secreto

    ​Ahwatukee's Secreto is a secret no longer. Word of mouth is spreading about this New Mexican restaurant which quietly opened last Thursday in the former Havana Cafe spot in SE Phoenix (4232 E. Chandler Blvd., 480-706-2200). Secreto is named after a group of Franciscan monks who sm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2010

    Closed for Business: Havana Cafe in Ahwatukee

    ​As it is, Cuban food isn't easy to come by in the Valley, and now a local Cuban favorite has scaled back due to the tough economy. Havana Cafe closed its five-year-old Ahwatukee location a week ago Saturday. Chef-owner BJ Hernandez continues to operate the flagship Havana Cafe on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    Chef Talk: BJ Hernandez's Pollo Cubano

    When BJ Hernandez, chef and owner of the three Havana Cafe locations in the Valley, started making this recipe, it was only because it was a special she created for her guests. Now, it's her most popular dish at the restaurants and has found a permanent home on the menu. ​Part of its appeal i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    Chef Talk: BJ Hernandez, Havana Cafe

    ​It's hard to believe BJ Hernandez never went to culinary school, considering the recipes she's created and adopted from her family have kept customers coming back to the Valley's three Havana Cafe locations for 20 years. Hernandez, who in a previous life was an art teacher for grade and high ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2009

    Battle of the Cuban Sandwiches

    Babaloos Cuban Cafe vs. Havana Cafe Created by immigrant laborers at the turn of the 20th century, the Cuban Sandwich is a tasty alternative to Plain Jane ham and cheese. Some versions have salami, some have lettuce and tomato, but the basics are the same: pork, spiced ham, cheese and pickles on toa ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 20, 2009

    Strange Fruit

    Tempe studio takes the sting out of Spain’s Tomatina Fest

  • Calendar

    June 19, 2008

    Rogue Cinema

    Outcast music in an outcast land

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2008
  • Culture

    October 25, 2007

    Well Hung

    Stuffed and nonsense

  • Calendar

    December 14, 2006
  • Culture

    May 25, 2006

    Interiors

    Stepping into Havana

  • Dining

    December 29, 2005

    The Razor's Edge

    New Caribbean spot is all over the map

  • Film

    August 18, 2005

    Could Be Verse

    Nameless characters in godless setting

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 30, 2004

    BEST FLAN

    Havana Cafe

  • Calendar

    May 20, 2004

    Bike Path

    Trace the motorcycle's trip through time

  • Culture

    April 1, 2004

    Cuban Crisis

    The irreverent spirit of Pedro Alvarez lives on in his paintings

  • Film

    February 26, 2004

    Sizzle? Fizzle.

    For Dirty Dancing, the second verse is even worse than the first

  • Dining

    February 19, 2004

    Hog Heaven

    Lucy never made Ricky Ricardo puerco so pleasing to the palate

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 18, 2003
  • Dining

    June 13, 2002

    Havana's Finest

    An adventure in the streets of Havana, and a find in a quiet corner of Tempe.

  • News

    October 4, 2001

    Shtick Happens

    Food writer dishes up leftovers to Republic readers

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 20, 2001
  • Best of Phoenix

    September 20, 2001
  • Best of Phoenix

    September 20, 2001

    Best Tapas Bar

    Havana Patio Cafe

  • Dining

    July 19, 2001

    No Shirt, No Service

    Want to go tapas?

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 21, 2000

    Best Black Bean Soup

    Havana Cafe
    4225 East Camelback
    602-952-1991
    (and Havana Patio Cafe, 6245 East Bell, Scottsdale, 480-991-1496)

  • Calendar

    June 15, 2000

    What's Up, Docs?

    PBS serves up fresh one-hour documentaries on P.O.V.

  • Calendar

    March 25, 1999
  • Culture

    October 8, 1998
  • News

    September 10, 1998

    Cuba-ism

    Young artists break through the red tape to star in ASU Art Museum's new exhibit, "Contemporary Art From Cuba: Irony and Survival on the Utopian Island"

  • Dining

    March 2, 1995
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    December 29, 1994
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    December 9, 1992
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