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Located on McCandless Avenue, Big Easy Dog Daze Cuban Café recently opened next door to its namesake animal hospitaland doggy daycare facility.

It’s an unexpected combination, but here’s the connection: Owner and veterinarian Aileen Ruiz, who grew up in Miami and started her Pittsburgh pet care practice in 2005, wanted to bring authentic Cuban food and beverages to the ‘burgh.

So during the summer, she opened a café with food and drink for humans and four-legged visitors.

For lunch, customers can order empanadas filled with beef, chicken, ham and cheese or spinach or grab a traditional pressed sandwich of ham, roasted pork, swiss cheese, pickles and mustard on Cuban bread.

Big Easy Dog Daze Café offers killer Cuban food & coffee in Lawrenceville — and not just for pet lovers