A terrific Cuban cantina year round, this tucked-away trat on a sleepy west-side street really blooms come summer. As trees whisper overhead and candlelight reflects off wine glasses, affable hosts Jesus and Sylvia dish up a classic pre-Castro Havana card that’s perfect for sharing à deux under a starry sky.
Best: grilled and then pressed marinated pork, ham, pickle and Swiss Cubano sandwiches; snacking tapas like three versions of the fried mashed-potato ball called papa rellena, one stuffed with lean ground beef, onion, tomato and green olives; purposefully bland yuca con mojo laced with lime and garlic; piquant tomato-sauced pork sausage chorizos in red wine; subtly complex pork and beef hash (picadillo de mamita) with jalapeños, raisins, currants and almonds; to finish, margarita key lime pie.
Complete dinners for $55 per person, including tax, tip and a glass of wine. Average main $18. Reservations accepted. Licensed. Access: two steps at door, washrooms in basement.
Updated Aug 15, 2013