Pork slow-roasted for 12 hours in cuban spices makes for a fragrant, flavorful foundation for Tropical Grille's health-friendly food. According to co-owner Lazaro Montoto, the eatery’s staff crafts a menu inspired by the flavors of the tropical isle of Cuba, with chopped chicken and pork served over yellow rice and under one of its many signature sauces. The kitchen team also prepares wraps and sandwiches—such as the pressed cuban with roasted pork and ham—which make for convenient one-handed eating while driving or making a sandwich.
In 12 hours, Mad Cuban Cafe can dole out a day’s worth of Cuban-style dishes or slow roast a single batch of its signature pork. This pork pops up in all kinds of items, from the Mad Roasted Pork—crafted with homemade mojito marinade—to the Cuban sandwich—with smoked ham, Swiss, pickles, and mustard—to empanadas, a savory Cuban take on the turnover. The café cooks up other meats, too, grilling thin-sliced top round steak and pan-searing chicken breast until it's ready to take its place in a sandwich stuffed with onions and potato sticks. To add a sweet finish, the menu includes desserts such as flan and tres leches cake topped with a single cherry.
The chefs at the newly opened Grape Leaf cook up hearty Mediterranean cuisine that spans Middle Eastern to Greek specialties. They cook up a variety of sandwiches, appetizers, and entrees that include stuffed grape leaves, rack of lamb, and zesty beef shawarma. On select nights, belly dancers spin circles around the dining room as diners nibble at falafel and baklava.