She Eats Alone

I find it hard sometimes to eat out by myself. I don't know, I tend to get really self conscious and I feel like people are staring at me or think that I'm weird. But since I'm in Virginia, alone, what choice do I have? And besides, if I know that the place has amazing food, well, there's no stopping me there! I'll do just about anything for good food, even if it means eating out alone.

Now, I'm not exactly sure what Virginia is known for food-wise. We all know that New York has their cheesecake, Chicago is known for their deep dish pizza, and that Texas has really good Tex-Mex, but what about Virginia? Not a clue. So after extensive research on "the best restaurants in Richmond", I came across Kuba Kuba, a Cuban restaurant. Cuban food in Virginia? I haven't even seen a single Cuban, much less a Latino since I got here. But hey, if the reviews say that it's a good restaurant, then why not give it a shot? Cuban food for me is a treat, considering how Seattle doesn't have many places with good Cuban food.


Upon arriving at Kuba Kuba, I sat myself at the bar. I think the bar is the best place to sit if you are eating out by yourself. The waitress was nice and attentive, she took my order as soon as I gave her the "I'm ready to order" look, and the food came out even faster (which was good because I could only look around the restaurant for so long). Everything on the plate was simply delectable (except for the cornbread). I had the Kuban Roast Pork--the pork was so tender that I didn't even need a knife to cut it. The tostones (oh los tostones!) were savory, light and crispy on the outside and tender and sweet on the inside. This, my friends, is what good meals are made of.

At that point, I was enjoying my meal so much that I didn't even care that I was eating by myself; I was having a relationship with my lunch. The waitress did come to check on me a few times to make sure that the food was good, and even the cook came out to see how I was doing, which was really sweet of them. From this eating experience, I've learned that I shouldn't think so much about eating by myself, as long as no one's giving me a hard time. Because ultimately, it's all about the food.

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