I love trying new foreign cuisines. They are just like traveling around the world. This time we came across a great Cuban place that is located right in Lincoln Park.It I have to admit that the only previous exposure to Cuban food was when it was referenced on reruns of “I Love Lucy.” I think everyone remembers Ricky talking about arroz con pollo on the show. Well this was my chance to eat authentic Cuban food.
It seems that Cuban chefs like to use meat and seafood a lot and that suited me just fine. We started out our excursion by getting a sampler of some very popular Cuban appetizers. My favorite were the croquetas de jamon. Anything with ham is a okay in my book and with the sauce it was perfection. Jen couldn’t get enough of the papa rellena. It was the marriage of mashed potatoes and meat and she thought it was very inventive and yummy. We both enjoyed the empanadas and were pleased to find out that you can put anything in the little pockets. We got a chance to try the meat ones and the dessert one as well. The desert empanada was filled with fruit and cream cheese and reminded me of pastry. The meal was topped off with some good old plaintains with garlic sauce . It was a great mixture of fried and fruit . Delicioso.
Then it came time for the main courses. We selected a sandwich and then an entree. I washed down my meal with a delicious Caribbean soda called Jupina . It has a Malibu rum taste to it because it was a pineapple soda. Jen had a regional favorite called the San Jacoba . I loved it because it paired two things I love ham and cheese on a coconut crusted bread. I have to order it next time cause I fell in love with it. The sandwich came with papas fritas or french fries. I chose the churrasco which is a steak prepared with herbs and garlic , paired with green onions. The meat dish was tender and served with black beans and rice. There was no spiciness here, only good taste with lots of flavor.
Our meal ended the way it always ended , with dessert. I had already mentioned the empanada with fruit and cheese. The other dessert we picked was the flan de coco. The flan had a coconut flavor that pleased. I love trying new desserts. Don’t you guys?
Cohiba also is open for brunch on the weekends as well. The weekend menu includes yummy drinks like mimosas, mojitos, and sangria in pitchers. When the weather breaks, count me in for that. Cohiba is located at 3132 N Broadway in Chicago. Enjoy