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Miami pair brings Cuban flair to new restaurant

Article Published: Apr. 15, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Miami pair brings Cuban flair to new restaurant

Diana Perez and Lily Suarez invite you to experience Cuban flavor in the Foscoe community.

Photo by Lauren K. Ohnesorge

When you put Diana Perez and Lily Suarez together, the result is Dilly's Cafe, and it's bringing Miami flavor to the High Country.

"We've been coming here for years," Suarez said, and now the friends can officially call it home.
Word is spreading about the Cuban cafe.

"We've been having so much response, people are like 'when do you open?'" Perez said.

The cafe could be open in as little as a week and a half, so ready your tastebuds for some Cuban flavor, in particular, the Cuban sandwich.

"A Cuban sandwich has ham. It has pork, Swiss cheese, a little bit of mustard, pickles, and it's on Cuban bread pressed into a sandwich grill," Suarez said.

She would know. She was 2 years old when her family moved from Cuba. Perez's parents were born there and "it's in our blood," she said.

While she's heard about imitators, she said the "real Cuban sandwich" is a unique sensory experience.

"The real Cuban sandwich ... the bread has a lot to do with it," Perez said.

Regular bread? Well, "it doesn't even compare," she said.

"When you put [Cuban bread] in the press, it's toasty and chewy," Suarez said.

Couple that with a medianoche (midnight) sandwich and sides of plantain chips and you've got lunch for two.

"[Medianoche] gets its name from ... in Cuba, when they used to go dancing, they wanted something to eat at night," Perez said, adding that, despite its name, it makes the perfect casual lunch, made with a sweet egg bread.

Not in the mood for lunch? Dilly's also plans to create unique Cuban pastries in assorted varieties, including meat and guava.

While guava's may be exotic to some High Country tastebuds, it's a must try.
"It's sweet. You've just got to taste it," she said.

The pair started out selling Dilly's Candles in Miami before deciding to expand to a cafe and bakery in Foscoe. Candles, including their signature scent, "Butterfly Kisses," will be sold, in addition to food. Expect all natural soy candles in distinct fragrances.

"The soy, once it melts, you can dip your fingers in the wax and not burn yourself," Suarez said, and the melted wax moisturizes your skin and can double as massage oil.

Prepare for a sensual overload, in a very good way.

"We're trying to do something relaxing," Suarez said.

Dilly's will be located in Foscoe next to the Foscoe Fire Department and plans to be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free WiFi will be available.

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