Homey Cuban restaurant and rum bar from Jose Gonzalez (El Cid).

Our Review

In late 2011, Jose Gonzales closed the original El Cid after 42 years in business; now Paladar, his Cuban restaurant and rum bar has moved to a new location in the former Cafe Bolero. It's still designed to feel like a Havana home—and it is quite homey, down to the pictures on the walls. A "flavors of Cuba" platter featured one of nearly all the appetizers offered; especially good were the ropa vieja sliders, empanadas, and crispy croquettes. The best part, though, was the selection of dipping sauces that accompanied them, including garlic in oil, barbecue, spicy avocado, and habanero. Red snapper, fried whole and served with garlic sauce, was a tad on the dry side but otherwise tender and flavorful. Even after we declined dessert, the friendly waitress didn't seem in any hurry to see us go (though the restaurant had filled up)—in true Latin American style, the check arrived only after we asked for it. There's a large outdoor patio, and drink and lunch specials daily.

Julia Thiel

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