Classic Cuban ropa vieja gets gussied up with rioja-sofrito jus, smoked corn puree, beet gastrique, and black beans and rice.
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Classic Cuban ropa vieja gets gussied up with rioja-sofrito jus, smoked corn puree, beet gastrique, and black beans and rice.

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Caña Cuban Parlor & Cafe

500 Florida
San Francisco, CA 94110

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Mission/ Bernal Heights

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Calle ocho $11
Sandwich Cubano $10
Green salad $8
Yucca fries $4
Empanadas $10
Cocktails $10-12
Oxtail $22
Ropa vieja $20
Salt cod fritters $10
Chicken and waffles $15
Fufu hash $11

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Caña is close, but sloppiness is keeping it from becoming the sleek destination restaurant it's trying to be. As a diner, I don't want to worry about tripping a waiter or knocking over shrubbery when I'm led to my table. I don't want half of my $20 entree to be cold, and I don't want to be denied coffee on a Sunday morning. I do hope they get it together though, because I'd go back for one of those sandwiches. I'm sure Ramsay and Irvine would agree that's an excellent start.

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papichulo415
papichulo415

If you want the "REAL DEAL", the closest is Sol Cubano in Sacramento. It's owned and operated by a Cuban husband and wife team, recent emigres from there. This is NOT a hipster hangout, with outrageous prices and "reductions"anywhere on the menu. And yes, they make CAFE CON LECHE!

davidostein
davidostein

And don't forget a "house" margarita that will set you back $12 in a low ball glass. 

nhechavarria
nhechavarria

I am Cuban/Puertorrican and would love to have a restaurant that is authentic and truly caters to either of these beautiful, exotic, and flavorful Caribbean cuisines without deviating too much from its original versions.  First no-no, a traditional Cuban steak sandwich does not have chimichurri sauce; chimichurri sauce is Argentinian.  A traditional Cuban steak sandwich has grilled onions and shoestring potatoes chips.  There's a lot of fusion of different cuisines and it's all good, but sometimes we do not need to re-invent the wheel.

adelacuba
adelacuba

@nhechavarria I have the same dream for years now Id have a restaurant with a country Cuban feeling. You are right with pan con bistec, Caribbean food get to California and becomes all weird and chichi. It loses its authentic charm. 

nhechavarria
nhechavarria

@adelacuba @nhechavarria Not many Caribbeans in the Bay area, I know what you mean.  Wishing for a cafe con leche (not a Latte!) and tostadas.  I can dream...

 
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