Though the Caribbean isles are well known to outsiders, Caribbean cuisine remains a hidden gem due to tourists frequently subsisting solely off a paste made from sand, ocean water, and pureed linen pants. Uncover the edible treasure of the tropics with today’s deal for dining at Andrés Restaurant. Choose one of the following options:
- For $7, you get $15 worth of lunchtime dining and drinks
- For $13 you get $30 worth of dinnertime dining and drinks
Andrés Restaurant serves up authentic Cuban and Puerto Rican cuisine in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. Midday diners can peruse a lunch menu of delectable dishes like arroz con pollo ($7.95), a savory chicken and rice dish served with black beans, or empanadas with a choice of fillings ($1.95 to $2.25). Nosh on hot grilled sandwiches like the carne asada ($8.95), stuffed with lemon- and garlic-marinated top sirloin steak, or the classic Cuban ($7.95), which packs a one-two piggy punch of roasted pork and baked ham. On Sundays, sample the special mofongo ($8.95), a green fried plantain mash studded with crackling pork.
For those who prefer dining after the sun has dipped below the horizon and the human-hunting day-hawks have returned to their nests, Andrés offers an extensive dinner menu. Prep tastebuds for an incoming flavor-draft with appetizers like mariquitas mojo, green fried plantain chips ($4.95), or papas rellenas, beef-filled potato balls ($5.95). An entire justice league of entrees features seafood superstars like the camarones enchiladas ($17.95), shrimp in tomato sauce with vegetables and spices. Carnivorous appetites will meet their match in El Presidente ($21.95), a USDA prime steak smothered in chimichurri sauce and advised by cabinet members of rice and black beans. Fill in any remaining hunger crevices with desserts like casquitos de guayaba clásico ($4.50), halved guava shells filled with white cheese. While Andrés boasts a selection of alcoholic beverages, diners of all ages can enjoy quaffs of non-alcoholic tropical shakes in a veritable fruit salad of flavors ($3.95 lunch, $4.95 dinner).
Zagat gives the food at Andre's Restaurant a very good to excellent rating. More than 100 Yelpers give the restaurant an average of three stars. Yahoo Locals give it a four-star average and 85% of Urbanspooners like it:
- “If you’re looking for something different”, join the Latin American expats who frequent this “low-key” Morena District eatery and sample some “delicious”, “inexpensive” Puerto Rican and Cuban-style arroz con pollo or ropa vieja. – Zagat
- My friends introduced me to this place a couple months ago and I loved it. We all got different dishes and shared with each other so we could taste a wide variety of foods and it was soooooo good! Love this place! – Christy, Yahoo Local
A façade of salmon and tawny stone ringed with palm trees beckons to passersby, hinting at the tropical dishes of shrimp, roast pork, and fried plantains contained inside. Like an edible cruise ship, the bill of fare takes diners on a culinary tour of the islands of Cuba and Puerto Rico, with dishes of slow-cooked shredded beef, saffron-tinged rice, marinated chicken, and sautéed fresh fish. A canopy of leafy palms surrounds private banquets or nightly dinner guests as they finish things off with a dessert of flan or guava empanadas. Next door, an international Latin marketplace invites patrons to create their own tropical feasts at home with hard-to-find grocery items from countries such as Brazil, Peru, Colombia, and Puerto Rico.
1235 Morena Blvd.
San Diego, California 92110Get Directions