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2241 Eastlake Ave. E. Send to Phone

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: This atmospheric storefront restaurant is a place of many moods, from pensive to celebratory. Splashy, primitive paintings line the walls and Latin music plays to a youthful, hip clientele who crowd this pair of cozy rooms, especially for live performance evenings and monthly wine tastings. Chefs have come and gone, but the food---a mix of bold, rustic, Caribbean and Latin American flavors---stays consistently satisfying, thanks to the passion of owner Danielle Philippa. First off, order a sweet minty mojito or tart margarita to enjoy as you peruse the adventurous menu. We often start with tapas, like tuna ceviche or sautéed tiger shrimp doused with lemon, paprika, sherry and chipotle. Soups, like the yellow tomato gazpacho, never fail to dazzle. Main courses are lusty and large, and the daily specials always worth considering. We’ve been impressed with lamb in an array of guises, smoky pork chops rubbed with garlic and searingly hot chilies, and chicken braised with chorizo, olives, tomato and sherry and served over wilted spinach and cumin-laced Spanish rice. We’ve rarely had room for dessert; a move to the sexy bar for cigars and brandy seems more suited to the after-dinner mood.


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