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Cafe Renata
Cubans and coffee in West Philly

Philadelphia

From a Barbuzzo vet and his Penn-scientist-turned-baker girlfriend, Cafe Renata's a pan-Latin makeover of unofficial UCity study hall Cafe Clave, which closed after the previous owner allegedly HUNTED SOMEONE DOWN WITH A MACHETE.

Homemade oatmeal's finished with apples, cinnamon, raisins, and... a blowtorch.

More than a dozen hot and iced study aids are made with fresh-ground local GreenStreet coffee.

A tribute to Clave, this Cuban melts Swiss onto thick-cut, house-baked ham and pickles packed in a "pressed baguette", also the action robot-bakers will take in the future to make bread.

Salsa-sided baked empanadas are stuffed with moist shredded chicken, herbs, and tomato, and are flakier than anyone who has ever been in a Head & Shoulders ad.

After selling cakes all over town, Renata's now the only spot to find the owner's chocolate-frosted banana, chocolate-oatmeal, and coffee cakes.

If you like your dessert in liquid form, the Spicy Hot Chocolate's blended with imported cocoa, cinnamon, and chili that'll awesomely assault your palate.

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1. Cafe Renata 4305 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

From a Barbuzzo vet and his Penn-scientist-turned-baker girlfriend, Cafe Renata's a pan-Latin makeover of unofficial UCity study hall Cafe Clave, which closed after the previous owner allegedly HUNTED SOMEONE DOWN WITH A MACHETE.

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