Bistros became popular in America after French diplomats visiting the Continental Congress insisted on dining outdoors, breaking Ben Franklin’s time-saving custom of eating while sleeping in the shower. Take a break from routine with today’s Groupon: for $15 you get $30 worth of traditional Cuban fare at Mambo’s Cuban Bistro.
The skilled staff at Mambo’s Cuban Bistro grill up tangy chicken and mix minty mojitos to craft a menu of traditional Cuban fare and tropical cocktails. To start, patrons can juggle a steaming quartet of ham croquettes ($2.50) or let their tongues tap-dance with a duo of piping-hot empanadas stuffed with beef, chicken, or a mix of sweet guava and bubbling cheese ($5.99). For the main dish, exceed maximum bread occupancy with a deluxe Cuban sandwich, which heaps a double order of ham and pork onto a melted blanket of swiss ($8.99). Though poultry is difficult to muddle, Mambo’s culinary gurus manage to infuse the pollo al ajillo—a tangy grilled chicken breast drenched in garlic and lemon-butter sauce ($12.99)—with a mojito’s lime and mint flavors. After their meal, diners can wind down with spoonfuls of soft, sweet bread pudding, available in traditional ($3.50) or guava ($3.99).
Peruse Mambo’s expansive drink menu for tropically updated classics such as a guava and mango flavored cosmo de San Jose ($8.00) or original drinks such as the bell pepper margarita ($9.00), which infuses a slow roasted pepper with 1800 Reposado tequila. Then, nighttime patrons can strut to the dance floor to bust out their smoothest Macarena moves to live music or chilled-out tropical tunes.
311 N 3rd St.
Jacksonville, Florida 32250Get Directions