Strip shopping center eatery serves up a taste of the tropics.
Denver’s Cuba Cuba has been serving super mojitos and other rum drinks, and good Cuban fare for more than a decade. Located in an old cottage, it was a pioneering restaurant in the Golden Triangle. Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria, its younger sib, opened in Boulder last summer, and it’s taken a cold day in December to motivate us to give it a try.
Bright topical colors, Cuban music, antiqued wooden chairs, large-format photos of a decaying island capital and ancient cars do a decent job of evoking Havana in a strip shopping center in Colorado. Hard edges and a loud late lunchtime crowd made it difficult to carry on a non-shouted conversation, but otherwise, it was a congenial place for a mid-day meal. Only the blast of icy air when a door was opened brought the ambiance back to snowy Colorado.
Price check: Sandwiches, $7; plates, $7-$8 including rice and black beans; sides, $2-$2.50; dessert, $3.25.