Mango's Cuban Cuisine
You'll almost always better at the things that come naturally to you, like Shaq getting back to hoops after some feature films, or Steve Wozniak ditching silly computers to get back to how it all started: the Argentine Tango. Get Cuban comestibles from a Cuban family of Mexican restaurant vets, at Mango's Cuban Cuisine.Open daily from 11am to 11pm, Mango's is a casa of Cuban meals & drinks run by a family that's operated several Mexican face-stufferies and's now going back to their roots with this 100-seater sporting Cuban flag-painted walls, a tin-roofed, Cabana-style bar, photos of Cuban landscapes & people, and a tank with fish, including a snapper named "Cool Breeze", and a spiky lionfish, although keep tapping on the glass, and the prick will be you. Apps include lightly breaded spicy ground ham croquettes and papas rellenas (breaded/fried mashed potatoes filled w/ ground beef), plus they've got Cuban-breaded sandwiches like the Pan o Bistec (sirloin steak, sauteed onions, mojo sauce & Swiss); until 2pm M-F, there're lunch specials like chicken & yellow rice w/ maduros, or go for the shredded beef, rice & beans Rops Vieja, or "Old Clothes", which can't be nearly as tasteful as your Members Only jacket. Mains range from the seafood-loaded Paella (shrimp, mussels, fish, octopus, crab, lobster), to sauteed onion-topped pork chops, to fried or grilled marinated snapper; each comes w/ two sides, including a salad, yucca con mojo, or Cuban red beans & rice -- but really, would they be any other color?When the liquor license arrives next week, you'll be able to sip bottled brews, margaritas, "tragos" like the Cuba Libre and Havana Iced Tea, or your choice of seven "exoticas", from mojitos to the "Conga" rum punch -- exactly what The Woz will shake his body to, once he realizes he can't control himself any longa.