We decided to try this place on Valentine's night, and we are so glad we did. The place was crowded, and we didn't have a reservation, but the staff welcomed us and encouraged us to hang out by the bar until something opened up. We ended up sitting at the bar, and this turned out to be a great choice. Let's start there - the bartender really knows what he is doing. We tried 3 different drinks (it's Valentines Day, OK) and all were excellent. I have had Mojitos all over the Carribbean and in the US, and these matched up favorably to any I've had anywhere. The staff at this place are so friendly and welcoming, you really feel like they have known you forever with the friendly chatter and helpful recommendations. And the food is excellent. From appetizers, through entrees, to Cuban coffee (the bartender and hostess competed to see who could make the best coffee, and both were good), nothing disappointed. The Ropa Vieja was outstanding, and the fried plantains are some of the best I have had anywhere. I'm not sure this place qualifies as a secret, since they seemed to have a pretty steady crowd, but it was a surprise for us. We will definitely make this place a regular restaurant stop as we enjoyed our evening so much.
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