A while back I posted a query on Chowhound on Cuban food in the DFW area after returning from a vacation in Miami, and on those recommendations I checked out Cuba Libre, whose cuisine is creative and atmosphere delightful, but not quite the authentic Cuban cuisine I was searching for.
After searching for Cuban on Guidelive, I came across this review http://www.guidelive.com/portal/page?... on Carribean Cafe and decided to give it a try.
Tucked away in a plain strip mall on the corner of Belt Line & Webb Chapel in Carrollton, Caribbean Cafe, from the outside, is just a flashy green neon sign with some dark paned windows. Inside, however, sits a small and intimate space with bistro styled tables and a full service bar. At 8:30pm on a Wednesday night, the space was filled with a group of three women, a couple, and a family (and us, the only non-Spanish speaking ones).
Onto the food! The menu was extensive, 4 pages of appetizers, salads, entrees, specialties, and seafood items (no jerk chicken in sight, it was definitely Cuban). Sadly, I wasn't as hungry as usual at dinner time, so I skipped the appetizer and ordered the Ropa Vieja ($9.99), shredded stewed beef with bell peppers and onions. The meat was well-seasoned and tender, with just a hint of spiciness. The entree is served with your choice of black beans and rice or a mixture of both. I chose the mixture, but next time will opt for them separately as cooking the black beans and the rice together took away from the moistness of the black beans and the texture of the rice, though did give the rice a nice flavor. Fried plantains also came with the meal, you can choose either caramelized and sweet, or battered and fried to a crunch. I chose caramelized and loved it. The plate was served with a slice of tomato and a slice of fresh avocado, and with a dash of salt that made my day.
My companion ordered the picadillo plate ($9.99), seasoned ground beef with potatoes. Meat was well seasoned, and surprise, was cooked with olives. My companion is not typically a fan of olives, but he actually liked the way it gave flavor to the ground beef in this case (and actually ate all the olives!) He opted for the crunchy plantains, which had an interesting batter but I stand by my choice of the caramelized ones.
We ordered flan for dessert ($3.50). The dessert was definitely a sizable portion, tasty with a silky texture.
Service was friendly, we were greeted by practically the entire staff (hanging out by the bar since it was close to closing time) when we left. I will definitely be back to explore the other options on the menu, things like puerco asada, chicken with yellow rice (menu states allow 45 minutes for this specialty), wood-plank salmon, and the many shrimp options.
1000 Webb Chapel Rd
Carrollton, TX 75006