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A cool Cuban café on a very old Florida street.

April 3rd, 2010 · 5 Comments

Sometimes I feel hopelessly behind in my blog.  Up till now, I haven’t written a thing about our one fine day in St Augustine, Florida, with Manny and Janett Herrero.   This was back on February 17, 2010.  It was a cool morning in northern Florida.

Now our hard-working editor Kevin Conrad has prepared a short segment that shows some of the footage we captured that day.   He’s been making these “tastes” of the various places for our website, and when Kevin gets them together, then Ryan Krumm makes the computer files that we need, then Jay Volk puts them up on the Breakfast Special website, and Mike Cuccaro uploads these clips to YouTube too.

So we had gone to St Augustine to check out the breakfast specials at this little Cuban café called La Herencia.  I found it on line and was instantly impressed by the very positive comments left by customers, regulars as well as tourists passing through the oldest city in North America.

Aviles Street claims to be the oldest street in America, and it is just off Plaza de la Constitución in the very heart of St Augustine.  La Herencia is at number 4 Aviles Street.  Impressive address.  Not hard to find.

We got to sample several dishes that day.  Manny creates all the wonderful food on tiny gas burners in he kitchen.  Janett makes the coffee, and several patrons that day told us that the café con leche  alone was worth stopping for.  We learned how true that was.

But we also were impressed with Manny’s Cuban-American breakfast creation that he calls the guajiro.  Cuban bread with egg on top, then black beans, chunks of pork, salsa and cheese.  Delicious, filling and unusual.  Just what we had hoped to find.

Tags: "Breakfast Special"

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 linda matta // Apr 3, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    i love reading about all the places you are going for breakfast,cant wait for this to air,,,maybe we can get to the premire,, and finally get to meet you

  • 2 Blog » St. Augustine Café Featured in PBS’ “Breakfast Special” // Jul 9, 2010 at 10:12 am

    […] breakfast,” he told them, and was impressed by the many positive comments. Sebak and his crew spent a day on-site in February, sampling the food and chatting with the many regulars who wandered in. “It […]

  • 3 Geoffrey Pizzuto // Jul 14, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    My wife and I love La Herencia. We’ve eaten there quite often and will continue to when ever we’re in town. All of Manny’s food is delicious and authentic. Coming from North Eastern PA, it’s not easy to find authentic Cuban cuisine.
    Great Job, Manny and Janett!

  • 4 Mike Dube // Oct 19, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Just saw the show on PBS. We visit St. Augustine every year, this year our trip is in November. Looking forward to breakfast @ La Herencia !

    Mike & Jane

  • 5 Lilly Leming // Sep 16, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Just stopped in La Herencia this weekend and the food was delicious, atmosphere was great not to mention the Cafe con Leche. Our waitress was outstanding and told us about all the local places and things to do and enjoy in St Augustine. Manny, the owner and great cook to boot, sat with us and chatted for a little while. Loved the place and recommended to anyone that wants a quaint and enjoyable dinning experience. Have to rave about their potato salad and Elana Ruth took it back to the beach house for dinner that night…needless to say we went back yesterday for breakfast again before we left St. Augustine. Will definitely return next year for some more delicious Cuban Food.

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