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yankeefan Jun 6, 2007 09:36 AM

Will be eating at alma de cuba tonight?

Does anyone have any strong suggestions on what I should be sure to have or avoid. I have heard some very good things about the place.

Thanks.

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    JNUNZMAN Oct 10, 2007 10:22 AM

    I went there for the first time with another couple about a month ago. While it is a bit loud, the food was delicious. I liked the decor of the restaurant, the service was excellent, and the drinks were outstanding. Caiparina's and Mojito's were far and beyond the best that I've had outside of Miami.
    I had the crispy pork, which was excellent, while my wife had the skirt steak, which she loved.
    Authentic? Not completely Cuban, but encompassing many Latino countries in their menu. I give it a thumbs up.

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      nns Jun 6, 2007 01:47 PM

      I'm a huge fan of the lechon asado. I dream about it.

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        yankeefan Jun 6, 2007 06:48 PM

        thought Id now give my feedback after eating there.. very very big letdown. had a couple ceviches and the lobster enchilada- not good at all. sloppy and service was deplorable.

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          bluehensfan Jun 7, 2007 03:54 AM

          Really? Wow...that stinks. Have not been there in a few years but was thinking about trying it for a Saturday lunch later in the month. Are the ceviches bad too?

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            yankeefan Jun 7, 2007 08:28 AM

            Maybe my expectations were high? The ceviche was really nothing special and the lobster was overcooked.. and the sauce on it was nothing more than what seemed like ketchup.

            still Ive heard great things so I will give it another try.

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              bluehensfan Jun 7, 2007 09:42 AM

              Weird. The ceviche we've had there was always good (and I could not say that for Pasion (RIP) on a visit a few years back). Hard to find good ceviche in this town...

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                GDSwamp Jun 7, 2007 01:37 PM

                I went on someone else's tab a couple of months ago and was underwhelmed. We had a wee starter with bacon-wrapped, bleu-cheese-stuffed dates and thought they were pretty delish, but it was downhill from there. Ceviche was fine but not exciting (and I love ceviche), and my "churrasco-style" tenderloin was blah (why don't they do a grilled skirt steak like any self-respecting cuban joint?). A fine place to have a drink and a bite when others are paying, but I wouldn't spend my own money there.

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                  howiseverything Oct 8, 2007 11:37 AM

                  they do have a skirt steak - the vaca frita. and it also has black beans and rice. just like a self-respecting cuban joint

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                    GDSwamp Oct 8, 2007 02:34 PM

                    You are ignoring the critical word "grilled." But anyway I wasn't trying to make a perfect legal case here (absence of grilled skirt = 1.5 stars) - I just didn't think the food was all that great, especially considering the prices.

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            Gorp512 Oct 8, 2007 12:51 PM

            i agree.....their lechon asado is one of the best pork dishes I have ever had.

          3. mschow Jun 6, 2007 12:29 PM

            I know everybody raves about this place, but it is just not one of my favorites. They do give large portions, however; maybe that's why people like it so much. Good desserts.

            1. bluehensfan Jun 6, 2007 10:50 AM

              The ceviche is very good as is the vaca frita. The cigar dessert thing that everyone raves about was so-so if yuou ask me. have fun!

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