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Has the Chow Deity Answered my Prayers? Cafe Cubano to Open in Belmont

StriperGuy Jun 7, 2011 07:24 AM

My SO was driving by the intersection of School and Belmont, and in the old Select Cafe local noticed that a Cafe Cubano is going to open.

Dear chow deity (perhaps the flying spaghetti monster www.venganza.org) please let this be a genuine, authentic, Cuban, lechon roasting, Cuban restaurant... Please, oh please, oh pleasey please!

Extra points if they make ropa vieja and chorizo and garbanzos.

A moment of silence while I pray to every I hold sacred in Chowiness...

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  1. Pia RE: StriperGuy Jun 7, 2011 08:25 AM

    I noticed that too, and was very excited! It's called Gustazo.

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      Blumie RE: StriperGuy Jun 7, 2011 08:34 AM


      22Based on information from the Belmont Patch article, menu items at Gustazo Cafe may include pan con lechon (pork roast sandwich), a Cuban-style hamburger with beef and pork, shredded beef and pork dishes, chickpeas fritters, fried plantains, guava juice, and coconut smoothies. The restaurant, which will also have a coffee bar within the space, will likely be open for breakfast and lunch only."

      lso: http://belmont.patch.com/articles/din...

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      1. re: Blumie
        Allstonian RE: Blumie Jun 7, 2011 08:43 AM

        Bummer on that last detail - I was looking forward to an addition to my Tuesday night dinner options.

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          StriperGuy RE: Blumie Jun 7, 2011 09:11 AM

          Shredded beef = Ropa Vieja FTW.

        2. Matt H RE: StriperGuy Jun 7, 2011 09:37 AM

          I would go out of my way for this if it turns out to be good. My time living in Central and South Florida spoiled me rotten.....and El Oriental while the best in the area IMO, just doesn't quite satisfy the craving. Any updates would be much appreciated.

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          1. re: Matt H
            StriperGuy RE: Matt H Jun 7, 2011 12:36 PM

            The Puerto Rican place at government center downtown is pretty darn good. I'm just never in that hood during the day and it's closed for dinner.

            1. re: StriperGuy
              Matt H RE: StriperGuy Jun 7, 2011 12:58 PM

              Yeah I've been to Cafe Latino once and it is great, but have the same problem as you as I work in Brookline. They need to extend those hours!

              Cafe Latino
              2 Center Plz, Boston, MA 02108

              1. re: StriperGuy
                BJK RE: StriperGuy Jun 7, 2011 06:46 PM

                What's good there? I work within walking distance and one of my colleagues is Puerto Rican.

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                  StriperGuy RE: BJK Jun 8, 2011 06:19 AM


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                    emannths RE: BJK Jun 8, 2011 06:21 AM

                    Pernil (roast pork).

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                      yumyum RE: BJK Jun 8, 2011 06:27 AM

                      Excellent pernil with crackling skin (be sure to request the extra crunchy skin), rice and soupy beans, chicharrones, empanadas. Order a pernil plate and you'll receive a mountain of food for ~$9.

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                        BJK RE: yumyum Jun 8, 2011 07:08 AM

                        Awesome. Thank you. I'll report back.

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                          nsenada RE: BJK Jun 8, 2011 07:14 AM

                          And Wednesdays are usually pastelon day - delicious plantain lasagna.

                      2. re: BJK
                        StriperGuy RE: BJK Jun 8, 2011 07:13 AM

                        I think they do Pastelon there too which is essentially a lasagna with plantains substituting for noodles. Awesome.

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