El Rey De Las Fritas serves up an extensive menu of authentic Cuban cuisine. Start your flavorful survey of Caribbean flavors with one of the restaurant's famous fritas, a seasoned-beef patty on cuban bread topped with sizzling shoestring potatoes ($3.25, $3.50 with cheese). Or submerge your mouth in the submarine-like pan con tortilla calljera, a heaping omelette sandwich guaranteed to wake up taste buds with its fresh flavors and impression of Gloria Estefan ($4.25). Sandwich-averse diners can dive into the tamal preparado, a cornhusk-wrapped tamale accompanied with a side of seasoned pork ($5.25) or sip on the sopa de pallo, a traditional Cuban chicken soup ($3.25).
Per its name, the Taste of Cuba Festival shines a spotlight on traditional Cuban food—potato-like yucca, rice and beans, and lechon asada, or shredded roast pork. Ice-cold mojitos complement these classic dishes, along with café con leche and authentic cigars rolled by hand, unlike the newfangled ones that roll themselves if left at the top of a hill. The festival delights senses beyond taste, too; revelers can dance to live music or feast their eyes on Cuban artwork.
From the outside, China Steak House's diner-style windows and corner location almost make the restaurant feel torn from an Edward Hopper painting—with the addition of red lanterns hanging from its awning. But within, it’s the eatery's commitment to a variety of regional Chinese flavors that’s the main draw. Cantonese noodle dishes find good company alongside the menu’s spicy Szechuan entrees and occasional Miami-style touches—such fried plantains—find their way into the mix. The dining room incorporates a bit of a ballroom vibe with its high-backed booths and heavy wood chairs surrounding lacquered tables that add class to an already refined dining experience.
The cooks in Taco Shop’s kitchen stuff burritos, tacos, and tortas with traditional Mexican meats ranging from carne asada and carnitas to barbacoa and al pastor. They also pile these seasoned proteins onto towering platters of nachos and hide them inside gooey quesadillas. In the dining room, tangerine-colored walls brighten up the space and make guests feel like tiny pieces of pulp.
Inside Lisboa-Habana Restaurant, sunlight pours in through floor-to-ceiling windows flanked by thick palm fronds. The atmosphere reflects the Latin-Caribbean flair that's so integral to the eatery's diverse menu. A collaboration between two seasoned restaurateurs, Lisboa-Habana Restaurant serves up a fusion of Cuban and Portuguese cuisine. Favorites include stewed codfish, lobster fettuccine, and Habana-style sirloin. There are also vegetarian options, including stuffed eggplant. Peruse the lengthy wine list for imported wines and champagnes to complement your meal.
Pack a panini for lunch or pick up some pasta salad at Grace's Delicatessen West, a deli that attracts all types of taste buds. There are no low-fat options here, though, so save a few extra calories for your next visit.
Shake off the stiff workday duds at Grace's Delicatessen West — attire is casual. Or, take your grub to-go.
Prices are downright affordable at Grace's Delicatessen West, with most items well under the $15 mark. Stop by for three square meals a day — Grace's Delicatessen West serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.