Jose Garce's Rosa Blanca

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December 20, 2013 3:15:23 PM PST
He's opened more than a dozen restaurants across the country, but for his 7th here in his hometown, Iron Chef Jose Garces is transporting us to someplace warmer, where the food and drink flow from the early morning until the wee hours of night.

"It's inspired by many trips to Miami, a trip to Cuba and we wanted to bring that authentic Miami-Cuban diner feel to Philly."

Open every day from 7 a.m. until the wee hours of the night, Rosa Blanca is an authentic Cuban diner. One of the first things to pop into the minds of many people when they hear "diner" is breakfast!

"You can get two eggs over easy and you have cooked black beans with white rice, a nice piece of pork chicharron." And then you can wash it down with a cool, frosty batidos... a fruit shake that is truly Latin... whipped up in yummy flavors like mango or puffed wheat.

"At the counter, we have a rum bar. Over 70 selections of different rums!"

Garces says he's been dreaming up this concept for 10 years, and perfecting the true-to-their-roots recipes.

"Our Cubano, we have done a lot of research in terms of the right ham, perfect pork, and pickles."

There's rotisserie chicken steeped in a Cuban marinade.

"We have some gorgeous empanadas. We only want to see the gorgeous ones - that just came out of the oven."

There's also a takeout counter where you can pick up that Cubano on the go, or get a completa.

"A completa is a Cuban meal where you get your rice, your beans, your protein and you are out in 5 minutes."

Garces says Rosa Blanca, the white rose, is named for a famous Cuban poem that speaks to something authentic and true to its roots.

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