Images could serve Spam on Wonder bread and people would still flock to this restaurant; it's the dancing that keeps them coming back. But that's not to say the food here isn't worth the trip. Fortunately, meat byproducts don't even come close to the menu. Instead you'll find Latin-infused fare like empanadas, sweet fried plantains and stuffed green peppers. Most of the food here is fried, with the exception of a few salads and a shrimp cocktail appetizer, and almost everything comes with a side of garlic sauce.
But let's get back to the dancing. Monday nights bring in a ton of singles interested in the art of salsa (read: hooking up). Dancing officially starts at 9:30, but you'll have the chance to cram in a free lesson if you show up an hour early. And let's be honest, it probably wouldn't hurt to brush up on your moves before trying to score any numbers. Tango Tuesdays have a totally different vibe; fewer dancers (mostly straight men) and a $10 cover charge.
The space itself feels more like a reception hall than a restaurant, but that seems to be the goal. Tables of hungry spectators surround a stage (where a DJ takes over Friday nights) and spacious oak dance floor. A small bar in the back corner serves as refuge for anyone with two left feet.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Stacy Warden