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Mar 16, 2008 06:38 AM

Cuban food in the Berkley area or close by?

I just came back from Miami and was able to sample some of the Cuban foods.
I love the food and the ambiance of the restaurants I went to but could not play as much as I wanted due to time limits and a group that was totally not experimental on my level.
Now I am looking to explore in the bay area, hoping some of you kind people on this board could recommend a place or two.
Thanks in advance

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  1. Hmmm .,. not much if anything in Berkeley unless you count the Cuban sandwich that occasionally is at Bette's to Go or the Cuban breakfast at Tomate Cafe. But those two places are focused on American so won't get a true fix there.

    Here's a list of identified Cuban places with a lot in San Francisco

    I haven't tried Havana in Alameda yet or La Taza de Cafe in Oakland yet

    IMO, the closest you'd find to the Cuban in Miami was Mambo's Cafe in San Rafael which sadly seems to have closed.

    1. Will you be in San Francisco at all? Not sure if it's what you had in mind, but Paladar's on Kearny in SF has great Cuban sandwiches and other dishes (lunch only- 10 am to 3 pm, I think?), and they have a tapas bar night sort of deal on Thursdays. It's a few blocks from BART, so it's a pretty easy trip from Berkeley.

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      1. re: shortexact

        thanks, great ideas so far. I can and will travel to other areas as well.
        Now at least I have some ideas to sink my teeth in....literally...

      2. Sadly, I've had to drive to San Jose to get my Cuban fix, there really isn't much in the east bay. I find it hard to fathom how the cuisine hasn't got at least one outlet here.

        Do a search for Cuban on the SFBA board for discussions on what little exists out there.