Sagua La Grande Ropa Vieja

Tender shreds of beef are mixed with red pepper and other vegetables to create layers of flavor.

Since Sagua La Grande Cuban Café opened in Columbia last year, it has been sharing Cuban dishes that many mid-Missouri diners may not have seen before. This includes ropa vieja, one of the national dishes of Cuba. If you have never enjoyed this comforting Cuban dish, cooler weather is the perfect excuse to try it.

At Sagua La Grande, chef-owner Katy Ugalde serves dishes that have been passed down in her family for generations, and the ropa vieja is no exception. It starts with slow-cooked beef that is shredded and served in a savory tomato sauce with assorted vegetables – in this case, peppers and onions. The dish is classically served with white rice and black beans, but you can also order it with a side of tostones, yuca or rice or beans on their own. 

If you aren't looking for a full Cuban plate, Sagua La Grande also offers a variety of sandwiches, including a Cubano that will make you want to plan a trip of Havana. If you want to keep it extra light, swing by just to pick up a Cuban coffee on your way to work or class. 

Sagua La Grande Cuban Cafe is offering its menu for pickup, delivery and limited dine-in service. 

Sagua La Grande Cuban Café, 114 S. Ninth St., Suite 101, Columbia, Missouri, 573.818.1766,