Penn Station's interior, rife with dark hardwood paneling, could have been carved from the trunk of an enormous redwood. Within that space and beneath the glow of old-fashioned street lamps, taste buds globetrot by way of American-style burgers, Italian shrimp scampi, and a full Cuban menu outlining such delights as seafood paella and lime-infused chicken. While two-handing a specialty sandwich named for North Carolina's regal mountains, guests can peruse Penn Station's many antique décor pieces such as a wall-mounted carriage wheel, ceramic boots, and the original wooden flippers from Columbus's voyage across the Atlantic.
The chefs and staff of Maria Bonita are eager to share. They want to introduce others to the flavors of Mexico and Cuba and the passion they have for fresh ingredients. Luckily, most visitors don't take much convincing. Cuervo and Patron tequilas swirl with amaretto, Grand Marnier, brandy, and fruit to create more than ten different margaritas, all of which are kept cool with ice, which is flavorless. The lineup of cervezas complement their signature queso fundido or fajitas fabulosas. Cuban entrees sail to tables alongside yuca, sweet plantains, or tostones, which take a supporting role to slow-roasted, marinated pork, stewed and shredded flank steak, or grilled fish topped with caramelized onions. The restaurant also serves Churrasco, Parrillada, and Mofongo dishes.
The fact that the owners of Numero Uno Cuban Restaurant chose a location with a dining room that seats up to 72 people is no coincidence. Embracing their Cuban heritage, they and their kitchen staff put an emphasis on family-style dining, showcasing a cuisine famous for tender, grilled meats, roast chicken, and stewed seafood. Each dish is an explosion of color and flavor, with shredded ropa vieja mingling with tomato and green peppers, and sides of earthy black beans or saffron-tinged yellow rice accenting entrees. Seafood staples such as whole fried snapper and lobster stew come in single or party-sized servings with the restaurant's catering services.
For Las Vegas Cafe owner Francies Vega, cooking is about putting smiles on people's faces. So when she designed her menu, she didn't stick to just one cuisine, but instead incorporated all the dishes that make her happy. The result is a fusion of Cuban and Italian recipes such as chorizo spaghetti, vegetable breakfast crepes, and Cuban-style fried rice sprinkled with ham, peppers, and eggs. Vega's signature dish is the chancellor fish fillet stuffed with ham and cheese and fried until it's as crisp as the first day of autumn.
Every single thing on the menu at Country Cafe is made from scratch. At breakfast, the kitchen griddles up pancakes and folds cheese and veggies into omelets?all made even better before 9 a.m., when servers pour free cups of coffee for all their patrons. Later in the day, diners dig into plates loaded with country-style cooking. The crisp breading of the country-fried chicken stands up against a deluge of white gravy, and the homemade meatloaf is as warm and familiar as that crib you sleep in whenever you visit your parents.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Fish Tacos & Pressed Chicken Wraps
Pro Tip: We have picnic tables on side of building for outdoor eating experience.
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
There are no preservatives in the wraps and salads at Eatin' Fresh. Instead, fruits and veggies from local growers, as well as freshly caught local fish, take the spotlight in such exotic eats as Bahamian ceviche, loaded fish tacos, and the restaurant's signature stone-claw taco (available seasonally). In addition to serving up fish dishes, Eatin' Fresh doles out wraps stuffed with chicken grilled in a signature rub, New Orleans?style gumbo, and fruit smoothies.