The azure-blue sea and palm-tree-lined beach on El Nuevo Frutilandia's rustic painted sign hint at the Caribbean cuisine served inside. A modest menu highlights multiple courses of Cuban and Puerto Rican dishes, including meatless options such as mofongo vegetariano, a classic dish of fried plantains smashed together with olive oil and garlic. Pork is featured throughout the menu, whether roasted and sliced alongside ham and cheese in the Cuban sandwich, or fried as chops with a spritz of lemon and crown of onions.
El Pollo Supremo satisfies all appetites with its eclectic menu of Latin American fare. The bill of fare blends Cuban congri––beans and rice–– fried plantains, and Mexican burritos and tortas with a meal that deliciously unites all climes and cultures: charbroiled chicken, served with tortillas and homemade sauce.
Ca?a Cuban Parlor celebrates Cuban heritage with live music, mojitos, and Cuban food made with local produce and meat. Their signature dishes include the Cuban sandwich, as well as flatbreads topped with paprika-dusted chicken and prawns sauteed in garlic-rum sauce. Pairs can share a couple of empanadas to stave off hunger before a hearty entree of slow-roasted pork with yucca-potato mash, Angus steak ropa vieja, or zesty eggplant-garbanzo bean stew. Dinner is served inside a lively, industrial-chic dining room, anchored by a curved white bar where staffers grind real ca?a, or sugarcane, to make glazes, syrups, and tinctures for their rum cocktails.
The best Cuban food in the Bay Area?that's the lofty assessment of El Chevere staffers. And with mouths full of slow-roasted pork, crispy beef, and french-fry-sided Cuban sandwiches, visitors are in no position to disagree. Add some live music on a Saturday, and suddenly a simple night out becomes an evening that's truly ch?vere?the word means cool, or awesome. After the last savory bite of fried plantain or spiced ribs, a guest can finish their meal with a caf? cubano or a glass of red beans.