Within the tropical green walls of La Parrilla Rotisserie & Grill, cooks caringly squeeze lemon and lime wedges over fresh shrimp and octopus morsels before passing the plates off to servers who run the tangy ceviche to awaiting diners. The cooks then turn toward their flame grill where they flay tender pork to join with juicy whole chickens that they slid off the rotisserie only moments ago. Their traditional Peruvian and Dominican dishes usually hit the table alongside fluffy yellow rice, plantains, and garlic potatoes.
La Bodeguita de Vero curates a diverse menu of traditional Cuban meals and specialty drinks, served up family style. Stuffed tostones ($7.50) jump-start digestive engines by delivering sizzling jolts of shredded beef, ropa vieja, or beef in salsa criolla. Placate growling stomachs with savory fillets of grilled salmon sidled next to boiled veggies ($13), or tooth-wrestle the fricase de cerdo–tender cuts of pork simmering alongside potatoes in a special Cuban sauce ($13.50). Sandwiches ($6+) volunteer to occupy restless jazz hands with meaty stacks of steak, fish, and chicken. To offset piquant mouthfuls, diners can corral energy-packed gulps of cortadito ($1.50) or a Cuban mango milkshake ($3.50).
The chef and namesake of Meyer's Latin Bistro, Meyer Pinchassow, incorporates global culinary trends and personal inspiration into dishes from Spain, Cuba, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Beyond praising the food, a review in Life Magazine's Good Eats Dining Guide said, of owners Meyer and his wife, Claudia, that he is "classically trained, with skills lovingly honed by family recipes and traditions," and she "brings a business acumen, lovable people skills and a warmth to the table." Chef Pinchassow uses both his instincts and an education from The International Culinary School while creating dishes such as paella valenciana with seafood and chorizo or slow-roasted chicken with fresh strawberries and honey-glazed walnuts.
The restaurant's upbeat, welcoming vibe stems from occasional live Latin music and its warm, rustic decor. The walls have been painted with flowers and patterns that resemble natural rock formations and the boulders that are traditionally rolled through cornfields to make tortillas.