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Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar Restaurant Review: Cuba Libre is part of a small restaurant group; the DC location’s flashy setting features a host of intoxicating rum and rum-free cocktails, loads of ceviches in delicate portions (you may wish for big bowls, but not here), a guacamole that contains chunks of fresh pineapple, and “piqueos” (small plates) that include skewered shrimp, house-cured smoked duck and that unusual guacamole. At lunchtime, you can select from lighter fare, such as the Cuban sandwich, a traditional offering of roast pork, salami and cheese, or bigger plates, such as the grilled pork tenderloin with cheese and grilled veggies on flatbread. Much of the dinner menu replicates lunchtime options, but the “fuerte” plates --- or big-time entrées --- include black rice paella with shrimp, rockfish and more, or the slow-roasted pulled pork. Brunch selections fall under the heading of "tapas"; choose from Latin bread, fajitas and assorted egg dishes, soups and sandwiches. Remember that much of the cooking is interpretive and modernized Cuban fare, but there’s enough here reminiscent of Cuba’s heyday in the food world.