Raul's Sampler

In honor of finishing a big freelance project, my boy treated me to a fantastic dinner last night at The Cuban Revolution in Durham. For drinks, I ordered the Cuban Sunrise and my boy got the Cuban Revolution Old-Fashioned. The sunrise was a perfect layered drink with rum, pineapple juice, and grenadine. It was sweet without being headache-inducing. The Old-Fashioned was a deceiving concoction of what appeared to be fruity ingredients, but turned out to be straight whiskey, which I graciously offered to drink for him.

For tapas we got the fried green beans, chips and black bean salsa, and guacamole. They were all fantastic, especially the green beans. My only complaint is that after asking the waitress and calling twice to ask whether the green bean breading is in fact vegan, I am still not convinced that they were giving me a straight answer. It would be really fantastic to see this place (and many others) point out allergens on their menu. Anyway, the green beans were so good, they are inspiring me to fry my own at home, so I know those will be 100% vegan.

I ordered Raul’s Sampler for my entree, which consisted of black beans and rice, maduros, and tostones. By itself, the beans and rice were enjoyable, but I added guacamole, salsa, and the maduros to the bowl and mixed it all up. After that, every bite was amazing. The tostones, which are mashed and fried plantain slices, were really not very good. They have almost no identifiable flavor and the texture isn’t too hot either. I will steer clear of those the next time I go… I don’t know if it’s an acquired taste, but they just didn’t do it for me.

Overall, the meal was excellent and I had a great time with my devilishly handsome companion.

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