From Our Editors
Casa Cubana derives in part from its co-owner's 50 trips to the island nation over the last 20 years. Sam DuVall and Joe Kohn, who also own the decades-old favorite Izzy's Steaks & Chops together, envisioned fresh, California-inspired Cuban food made using traditional methods. And what they and their chef, Enemias Jimenez, came up with is a quality take on the cuisine—plus some clearly denoted vegan and gluten-free dishes you might not find on many Cuban menus.
To eat: The Mercury News recommended the croquettas traditional, featuring applewood-smoked ham, and the camarones y ajillo, or plump prawns and mussels in a coconut-chili sauce. The Easy Bay Express liked the skillet-fried pollo frito and the banana bread pudding.
To drink: Rum, of course! The premier cocktails are the mojito and the Havana sidecar, and there are more than 40 different rums to choose from.
To look at: The walls are adorned with colorful pieces from DuVall's Cuban art collection, one of the largest of such private holdings in the US.