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Jul 8, 2009 02:01 PM

Havana del Sol - new Cuban restaurant in Vallejo

Havana del Sol is a new Cuban restaurant that just opened up in downtown Vallejo on Virginia St. where Baci's used to be. Has anyone tried it yet?

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  1. food was so so, dressed up mexica food, not authentic cuban.

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    1. re: so what

      What did you try? Are there Cuban sandwiches or just Mexican Cubanos?

      Havana Sol
      326 Virginia St, Vallejo, CA

        1. re: so what

          so what ... maybe you are mixing up restaurants? The title is wrong. The Cuban restaurant is Havana Sol, not Havana del Sol. There's not one Mexican thing on that menu. If I'd see any fault with that menu, is that it is updated Cuban in some cases.

          Bocdillo sampler, costillas Cuban baby backribs, Havana wings, Mariquitas, and papas rellenos cured salmon

          Arepa sliders, Corn puffs filled with shredded beef, with pickled onion, slaw

          Mache, Braeburn apples, Chili spiked peanuts, and crisp plantains with a rum roast pineapple dressing

          That menu reads like something that people would go crazy for in Berkeley, but might sadly die a slow death in Vallejo. Who knows? Maybe I'm wrong about Vallejo. Maybe the breakfast will attract some people

          Breakfast Arepas, two corn bisquits with srambled eggs, swiss cheese and cured ham

          Cuban hash, two eggs any style over roast sweet potatoes, yellow potatoes, roasted peppers and onions, mulato chile sauce

          Housemade breakfast pastries

          The Cubano looks pretty traditional to me

          El Cubano -Sliced pork tenderloin Cured ham, Swiss cheese, Cuban pickles

          Plus they do their own take on Cubanos with even a veggie version ... Vegetariano-Grilled Portobello mushroom, pickled onions, peppers tomatoes and cheese

          From the Vallejo Times-Herald linked on the site
          "A fusion of tasty food, coffee, art, cigars and music set in colorful, classy atmosphere -- that's the order up for a new Cuban restaurant in downtown Vallejo. Vallejo attorney Micheal Thompson will soon open Havana Sol with head chef Maynard Oestreich at 324 Virginia St."

          Looks pretty interesting.

          1. re: rworange

            Tortillas are Mexican. The second dish on the menu, "Havana Ranchero," is a standard Mexican dish they've given a Cuban twist.

            There are also some more or less traditional-sounding Cuban dishes on there.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              That's kind of stretching it Robert, especially since only one breakfast dish and one dinner dish mention the handmade tortillas. Looking at the menu there is no way this restaurant could be classified as Mexican or even Cal-Mexican. If anything it is Cal-Cuban ... or maybe Carribean with a strong nod to Cuban with ropa vieja and such. It seems to have a Sol Food type of vibe but geared toward Cuban

              1. re: rworange

                From my read of the menu, I agree with you, rw. It is definitely Cuban with a Californian flair, and not Mexican. Cuban cuisine typically serves up meat & seafood dishes with yucca, black beans & rice, and platanos/tostones. Also the Cuban sandwich is a pressed sandwich filled with roast pork, ham, swiss cheese and pickle, and this is listed on the menu as El Cubano. I haven't tried Havana Sol yet. I hope to soon. The restaurant also has a cafe next door and music in the evening (as the former tenant, Baci did when they were around). The dishes on the menu sound enticing and the prices are quite reasonable.

                1. re: rworange

                  The menu has more Cal-whatever something-for-everybody generic contemporary commercial favorites than anything else. Apple and mache salad, grilled portobello mushroom, wings, cured salmon with Asian pear, short ribs, baby back ribs.

                  Yeah, there's more of a Cuban flavor to the menu than Mexican, but seven dishes mention tortillas, they use queso dulce, cotija, and ranchero cheese, several include spicy chiles, and they serve guacamole.

                  The real red flag to me is that they serve tortillas with the ropa vieja. I suppose the chef may know that it should be yuca frita and he's just pandering to local expectations.

            1. re: ricebowl

              Looks pretty good. It'll give me someplace to go when I visit my sister up there. She'll be happy as well, she thinks it's a culinary wasteland there.

              1. re: dhoffman1421

                let us all know what u thank if u go

        2. so a lot of people keep mentioning tortillas. i had the ropa vieja this past saturday no tortillas. and the rest of my party had yuca frita as a side. the menu was definitely not mexican...i grew up eating authentic mexican food and this was not it.

          personally i love the food, dessert included.

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