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Café Mambo (Closed)
El Paso, TX
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Hours: Closed Mon.
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Fricase de Pollo:
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To my knowledge Café Mambo is the first Cuban restaurant to open in El Paso, and although I don't have other
examples with which to compare it, this seems to be a very good representative of Cuban cuisine.
I ordered Fricase de Pollo, one of the two nightly specials that sounded good just listening to the description of it, and it was even better when I sampled it. Consisting of finely shredded chicken white meat in a tomato sauce, it was seasoned just right and had an excellent flavor and texture.
The meal came with several side dishes, of which the best was Maduros Trastornados (fried bananas). Although I would have liked to have had black beans, I ended up instead with white rice, bread, and tostones (fried plantains). One of my biggest gripes about El Paso restaurants is that they give you so many starchy side dishes rather than healthier, more low calorie choices, and Café Mambo is no different. Still, the quality of the entrée was such that I did not feel like complaining.
There are tempting desserts and coffees that can really run up the bill, but I think the point of coming here is to splurge on better quality food than you can usually find in El Paso.
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