Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Back to Back to Cuba for the Sides

Posted By on Tue, Mar 22, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Plantains at Back to Cuba Cafe
  • Plantains at Back to Cuba Cafe
Since the Scene offices moved back into Midtown from Trousdale Drive, I don't visit Back to Cuba Cafe, at the corner of Harding Place and Trousdale, as often.

I ate my way through the menu several times, and on a good day, it's seriously good. Last week, BtC was running on all cylinders. The employees were raving about the chicken fricassee (except that I wish they'd used hen rather than pullet for a stronger, richer flavor). Lechon was right on the money, but it was the side dishes that were utterly captivating.

The sticky rice cooked in chicken broth was good enough to eat on its own. Black beans were richly seasoned and cooked tender but not mushy. Add the chewy fried plantains and the tender stewed yuca with browned onions on top, and honestly, a vegetable plate would have been just as satisfying and maybe more inventive.

Stewed yuca at Back to Cuba Cafe
  • Stewed yuca at Back to Cuba Cafe

Next trip to Back to Cuba, I plan on an all-side-dish meal.

Back to Cuba, 4683 Trousdale Drive, 837-6711

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