Salsa?s eclectic offerings originate in Mexico and Latin America. A large portion of the menu is composed of enchiladas, fajitas, and other Mexican fare. The chefs, however, also craft Colombian dishes, such as bandeja paisa, grilled steak topped with crispy pork rinds, spicy chorizo, and a fried egg. They also create Venezuelan arepas by stuffing fried cornmeal with ground beef, veggies, and cheese. To complement these Latin American dishes, the restaurant stays true to its name and offers salsa dancing every Friday and Saturday night.
Housed within a building that served as a neighborhood deli and general store since 1910, The Amber Rose chooses to embrace the history and the culinary culture of an area slightly farther away: Eastern Europe. Hearty soups, roasted meats, and vegetable stews fill the menu of eclectically inspired comfort foods. In addition to Polish sausages and Lithuanian-style cabbage rolls, the menu features beef stroganoff inspired by classic Russian recipes, as well as a signature turtle soup served by the bowl, cup, or crazy straw. This selection of rib-sticking comfort foods even includes a few gluten-free items.
The Amber Rose's cottage-style space evokes the ambiance of a casual European cafe. Dark wood trim and weathered floorboards lend a cozy and inviting bit of warmth to the dining room. The restaurant's most distinctive piece is the bar, which is made entirely of imported Turkish marble. Here, bartenders pour glasses of hard-to-find European wines and beer.