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.
Cuban herbs and citrus juices marinate slow-roasted pork, one of the many traditional Cuban dishes found on the menu at Habana Cuba. The cooks also fry omelets filled with plantains or potatoes, stuff avocados with marinated shrimp, and craft gluten-free items such as rib eye topped with onions. Bartenders complement meals with specialty cocktails, beers from all over the world, and imported coconut sodas made from the liquid that coconuts naturally excrete when placed next to a shipwreck survivor. Feasts unfold on Habana Cuba’s dog-friendly outdoor patio or within its two-level restaurant, which hosts private sit-down dinners for up to 70 guests.
There's no tropical kitsch to be found in Habanas Cuban Cuisine's lovely, loungey corner space, but as Alameda magazine? wrote, it's still "the closest you?ll get to Cuba in Alameda for sure." That's due to a friendly, laid-back atmosphere and a menu of tapas and entrees that ranges from simple standards such as twice-fried plantains with pineapple salsa to a sugarcane-glazed pork chop with rum chutney.?You'll find the classic Cuban sandwich (ham, roast pork, swiss) at lunch, and there's even a brunch menu with inventive dishes such as a Cuban-style french toast with bread dipped in Cointreau, cream, and cinnamon. Fifteen equally creative mojitos are available by the glass or pitcher.
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.