Moros Cuban Restaurant in La Habra, CA

My coworkers wanted to try a new Cuban place for lunch, so we drove out to La Habra!  We went here twice in the same week.  Moros is a small restaurant that serves a variety of salads, rice dishes, appetizers, and drinks.  They also have a one-time lunch buffet where you can choose either 1, 2, or 3 entrees and 2 sides.  It’s $6 for 1 entree and 2 sides, $7 for 2 entrees and 2 sides, and $8 for 3 entrees and two sides.  The options are pollo asado (roasted garlic chicken), pargo frito (fried red snapper), lechon asado (roasted pork), ropita vieja (shredded beef), and grilled pork chops, and the sides are white rice or arroz de Moros (rice cooked with black beans) and plantains.  Their rice dishes are made to be shared with 2-3 people, but we didn’t know that and ordered our own dishes.  Rice dishes are cooked to order and take 30-40 minutes to prepare, so the option to call ahead is available.  The first time I came here I got the lunch buffet with 2 entrees and 2 sides- roasted garlic chicken, grilled pork chops, plantains, and arroz de Moros.  The pork chops were juicy and tender, but the chicken was slightly dry.  It tasted really good with the mojo sauce, which is a garlicky white sauce.  Moros has a special juice drink called Agua de Moros for $2, and it is a fruit juice that changes every week.  They were serving a strawberry guava juice the week we went, and there are free refills for the drinks!  The service here is great, and they refilled our drinks at least twice.  The drawbacks to this place are the high lunch prices (I prefer to pay $6-10 for lunch) and the long wait to get our orders.  The dishes come out one at a time, but they are cooked with high quality and taste.  Even the Cuban sandwich is made well with 3 slices of bread and grilled.  I definitely want to go back and try their other dishes.

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Churrasco for $15- USDA prime skirt steak grilled crispy and served with yucca mash, grilled onions, and Chimichurri sauce.  I tried a piece of the steak, and it was really tasty and tender.  The steak is served thinly-sliced.

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Arroz con Pollo Borracho for $13- Drunk chicken rice!  The chicken is cooked in beer and served in a rice mixture of red bell peppers, green chilies, green olives, and onions.  The onions are covered in the mojo sauce.  The dish also comes with 2 plantains.  I couldn’t taste any beer in the chicken.  This dish is so big that it was enough to feed me for 3 meals.

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