By Todd Barron @ FoodieCuisine.com
The Columbia Restaurant was founded in 1905 in Celebration, Florida by Casimiro Hernandez Sr. and has been serving Cuban-style food ever since.
The interior is very interesting with a mix of Colonial architecture and modern style. I really enjoyed looking around the room at the various pictures on the walls and decorations.
I went the other day for a business lunch and heard how the 1905 salad was the item to order. I also heard how the Cuban sandwich is a great item. Not content to settle on just one item, I ordered the combination of half a Cuban sandwich and half of the 1905 salad.
Before lunch arrived they served warm homemade bread with butter which was crusty yet soft in the center. It was not recently baked but tasted great, especially with the table butter provided. Lunch showed up a while later and looked amazing.
The salad reminded me of the one served at The Faded Rose in Little Rock, Arkansas as it was pre-tossed with a zesty dressing akin to a olive-oil-vinegar combination. The salad had lots of toppings with it and is something I could see ordering again. I really liked the crunch of the lettuce with the oil and acidity of the dressing.
The sandwich was quite tasty with ham and cheese which was melted perfectly. The ham was flavorful and not too salty and the bread was crunchy yet soft enough for a sandwich. Overall I really enjoyed the sandwich and recommend it.