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Cuba Cuba occupies two conjoined Victorian homes deep in the Golden Triangle - but at its heart, this spot could be smack-dab in Havana. Owner Kristy Socarras Bigelow is a first-generation Cuban-American whose mother fled Castro's revolution for Miami in 1959. Bigelow has re-created her mother's homeland here, in a colorful space that serves muy authentic (and meat-focused) Cuban dishes in the homey dining room. The bright front bar shimmers with activity, from a killer mojito happy hour Monday through Thursday to the last drink of the evening for SoCo club-hoppers. And while, yes, this can sometimes make for a maddening wait, it's totally worth it once a seat has been procured and the plates of plantains, lechon asada and Cuban sandwiches start arriving. And if you must have something to occupy yourself while you wait, Cuba Cuba's bartenders make some of the best, most powerful mojitos in the city. This is as close to Cuba as you can get without boarding a plane - and no visa required.
Enrique Socarras Cuba Cuba 1173 Delaware Street 303-605-2822 www.cubacubacafe.com This is part two of my interview with Enrique Socarras, executive chef of Cuba Cuba. In part one of this interview, ... More »
Enrique Socarras Cuba Cuba 1173 Delaware Street 303-605-2822 www.cubacubacafe.com This is part one of my interview with Enrique Socarras, executive chef of Cuba Cuba. Part two of that interview will... More »
About this time of year, I'm itching for sun and surf. The weather can be such a tease — it might be 70 degrees today and snowing tomorrow — that I find myself dreaming of sitting by a beach or pool, sipping a fruity cocktail. Unfortunately,... More »
I don't think there's any such thing as a slow night at Cuba Cuba anymore. It used to be that if you showed up early enough on a weekday, you could be assured of getting some kind of table. Maybe not the best in the house, maybe not the one you... More »
Coming from Miami as a native I know Cuban food. And I cannot say enough about Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria! We were greeted before we could open the door, we talked like we were long lost family (She's from Miami too!), and once the food came I thought I had died and gone to Heaven. We drove from Brighton and will be doing so many more times to come.
If you want to try something different, full of flavor and the most pleasant people ever go to Cuba Cuba right now. I have already called my family and promised to take them to Cuba Cuba when they come from Washington.
Cuba Cuba has the power to move you. No matter how gray the day or unpromising the night, the big Havana vibe at this little tropical oasis will transport you to more laid-back latitudes the minute you step through the door. The food is fun -- from Cuban picadillo and rum-painted snapper to plantain chips and cigar selections with dessert -- and the shoulder-to-shoulder weekend crowds of smart Denver diners out for a sophisticated mini-spring break give the whole place a humid, sexy edge... More »
Sweet Jesus, these things are addictive! Sweeter than potatoes but less sweet than you might imagine given the plaintain's close relationship with bananas, Cuba Cuba's deep-fried plátanos fritos, served with a tart garlic-citrus mojo, are the most munchable chips in town. More »
Get your mojo working at Cuba Cuba, Denver's first totally Cuban restaurant. Owners Kristy Socarras Bigelow, her husband, Brian Bigelow, and her brother, Enrique Socarras, have turned two side-by-side, pre-1880 dwellings in the Golden Triangle into party central, with one house looking like a casual, convivial replica of the Casablanca set, complete with palm-frond fans and a bright, open-air feel, and the other transformed into a bongo-lined bar. The drink of choice is a mojito, made from... More »
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