We dined here on Saturday night. There was four of us. I had never been here before. I will say that I felt the food was very good, the prices were reasonable and the staff warm and welcome. There are some issues, but if you're looking for home style Caribbean / Cuban food in a family style atmosphere, this is your place.
As mentioned in all reviews, this is a modest looking store front place. The décor is plain and functional. The place is clean. The one truly jarring experience is that the co-ed bathroom is located right off the dinning room. Every time someone opened or closed the door, I had a great view of the bathroom. So, when you enter, don't have one of the tables near the windows on the side street (these tables are across from the bathroom).
When we arrived, we found out that they had neglected to write down the reservation. The gentlemen who did so, even made a joke about it. But they were able to accommodate us without fuss. We were told when we arrived that they were behind, profuse apologies but they were behind and it would take a while....and it did...over an hour to get our entree. I think if they wrote down the reservation they probably would have enough staff, but who knows. And yet, this was done with such honesty, friendliness and we were not in any rush, that we didn't mind. Our hostess also provided our drinks and desert on the house for the wait. If you are in a big rush, or just one who must have things promptly, perhaps not your place.
The menu - not extensive.
The food...we started with the sampler, empanadas, fried chicken & pork and potato ball. The empanadas were delicious. The pastry/crust was out of this world - light and yet savory. The meat cheese filling seasoned just right. Fried chicken / port was good - but not great and the potato ball also delicious. I had the carne frita (pork). The taste was good, but unfortunately the texture of the meat wasn't great and many pieces had grizzle. The rice was excellent, as was the vegetables and fried plantains. Friends had a dish, similar to pulled pork (sorry do not recall the name, and not the same spice as southern pulled pork) and they loved the dish. So perhaps it just wasn't a good night for our carne frita. We ended the meal with the coconut flan. I'm not a fan of flan, but the three friends were and they all said it was some of the best flan they have ever had. Somewhat similar to cheese cake in texture, the top was not crisp - but they loved it and ate every single bit.
With all their faults, this is a place I will go back to. The prices are reasonable, the staff is down home and for the most part, the food is good.
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