"I would offer the soup but it's already sold out," the owner of El Mariel, Jose, answered when I asked about the specials. From the restaurant's inception in early 2009, Jose's homemade Cuban dishes have drawn a steady customer base. From bread to soup to tostones, everything on the menu is made fresh from scratch.
Timeliness pays, as dishes like the beef and vegetable stew ($3) will run out fast. Just like the Cuban sandwiches ($5.95), with fresh baked bread, three generous offerings of meats, cheese, and pickles smothered in mustard, you canít leave without filling your craving and your stomach. Try homemade traditional Cuban pastries, like the pastilitos, sweet crispy dough filled with guava, coconut or pineapple center ($1).
Though the spartan interior with a splash of bright blue on the walls and four small tables are not much to impress, if you're looking for great substance on the go, this is one of the best new joints around the corner.
Centerstage Reviewer: Beatrice Smigasiewicz