Casona: A taste of Cuba!
This restaurant is set in a big house, hence the name Casona, which means big house in Spanish. This place features Cuban and Neuvo Latin cuisines. The windows are wide open and you can eat on the porch, or in the house itself. It literally feels like you're sitting at home to eat dinner. It was a very cozy place with dim lighting (we were there at night.) Each table is set with a votive candle and a single rose in a vase, yes the rose is real. The service was exceptional, with our waiter frequently refilling our water glasses and filling our wine glasses, as this place is a BYOB and we brought our own wine. The place was quite full when we went and we waited 40 minutes for the entrees to arrive. As a result, the waiter provided a dessert on the house, saying that such a long wait was unacceptable, though it was such a nice night out that we did not mind the wait. The menu consists of appetizers, entrees (pork, beef, seafood, and chicken.) There is also a vast assortment of desserts from which to choose and they feature sodas from several different Latin American countries. This place was quite full, though it was a Friday night, so we would recommend making reservations by phone or through their website.
Favorite Dish: We ordered Empanadas de queso for an appetizer. There are two, and while it seems like a regular old Latin dish, it was very good. There was some type of sauce accompanying the empanadas that went quite well with the cheese. For entrees or entradas, we ordered Arroz con Pollo Cubano, which was a saffron rice medley with chorizo, olives, beer reduction, and chicken breast. We also ordered Snapper, which consisted of wilted spinach, Snapper fish, and mashed potatoes (this dish may sound simple, but it was quite good.) For dessert we ordered Tres Leche, a cake drenched in tres leches and layered with caramal-covered whipped cream and Chocolate Chip Cheesecake. The chocolate chip cheesecake wasn't as soft as regular cheesecake and was really sweet, but the Tres Leche was very good. It's probably the best Tres Leche I've ever tried! The prices here were moderate, but well worth it. For everything listed, we paid $65 without tip.Related to:
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The Pop Shop: Back to the 50's
This place is pretty cool. When you walk in you'll think that you were taken back into 1950's. It looks like the diners in Black to the Future movie series. The menus look like newspapers, but instead of articles, they have the menues and pictures of certain food items. The dessert menu is pretty extensive as well and you can mix and match anything you want and the best part is that you can make your own sundae. The prices I'd say are a little higher than average for diner-quality food, but it is still pretty good nonetheless. They also have a good selection of vegetarian dishes, my favorite being buffalo wings flavored tofu that actually tastes just like buffalo wings and comes with blue cheese and celery. They also have fries with different seasoning and one of the best ones is Maryland crab seasoning. They have pretty good soups which are different based on the day of the week and nice twists on hot dogs which you can get with almost anything on them. Another nice thing they do is if you come there on Monday at about 7 or 8PM, they have a trivia night where you can get together with friends or meet new people and get together in a group and answer pop culture questions and win some prizes. You can also bring wine or beer with you that day.
Favorite Dish: Probably buffalo wings flavored tofu and their Maryland crab flavored fries!Related to:
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