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Kuba Kuba Restaurant Review: At the busiest times, patrons face a frantic staff and a crowded dining area (with shelves that boast, bodega-style, honey and balsamic vinegar), where it is first come, first served. Good aromas will lure you to a seat anyway, and with appetite in hand, settle down to a slightly offbeat menu of mostly Cuban drinks and dishes. Kick off the meal with an order of empanadillas (we like these stuffed with slightly sweetened Cuban beef hash), but other choices include tostones (deep-fried plantains) and an avocado salad resembling a color-clad fiesta. Want a casual entrée? Why not a Cuban sandwich with roast pork and Smithfield ham on Cuban bread (or a variation that adds chorizo), or lusty huevos rancheros, the Cuban rendition of this Mexican classic with two fried eggs atop Cuban bread and a pool of red beans? More substantial dishes include arroz con pollo or a shrimp enchilada (sautéed shrimp in a tomato-based sauce with capers over rice). There are several paellas including a vegetarian version. Desserts are here aplenty, but most folks gravitate toward a towering slice of tres leches cake (chocolate or yellow), a don’t-skip custardy sweet topped with loads of stiff meringue frosting, and made by the owner’s mother.