Plantain Cafe, a new Cuban lunch spot, opened earlier today on Gay Street Downtown (next door to Tip Top). According to the menu, the sandwiches, entrees and sides are all family recipes passed down from the owners' Cuban relatives, who immigrated to New York in the 1950s.
Intriguing sandwich choices include the Frita ($7), a Cuban-style hamburger made with ground beef and chorizo and topped with shoestring potatoes, and the Pan Con Lechon ($8), with slow-roasted pork topped with onions, tomatoes and homemade tangy mustard.
Sandwiches come with plantain chips, but you can also order Tostones (fried green plantains) or Maduros (fried sweet plantains).
Alive's Chris DeVille checked the place out this afternoon. Here's his Cubano ($8), a classic Cuban pressed sandwich with roasted pork, ham, Swiss, pickles and mustard:
Plantain Cafe 77 E. Gay St, Downtown 614-464-2822 Hours: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday