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Cuba’s Cookin’

Cuba’s Cookin’

Cuba’s Cookin’

Cuba’s Cookin’ (Wilheminastraat 27, Oranjestad) — this fun restaurant is located in an old farmhouse. Original artwork captures scenes of Cuban street life while up-tempo music keeps the warm staff smiling each night. Sip a mojito (a traditional Cuban cocktail), and start with the plantain chips, great with the muy picante (very hot) salsa. Your conga cocktail appetizer should arrive just in time to extinguish the fire in your mouth. Served in a half shell, the cool appetizer features lobster, crab, red onions, and carrots in a light vinaigrette. The seafood boat is a winning main course: Lightly grilled shrimp, calamari, conch, and mussels rise from a flavorful ragout of green and red peppers, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Other Cuban specialties include ropa vieja (shredded skirt steak sautéed in tomatoes, onions, and green peppers) and picadillo de res (ground beef with raisins and olives). For dessert, try tres leches (three-milk) pound cake then light up a Cuban cigar with your café con leche.