The Cuban fare at Mikey’s, a diner in San Rafael, gets top marks from hounds—the chef was formerly at Mambo’s Cafe. The Cubano sandwich is “the best I’ve had,” declares DezzerSF. “Moist pork, smoky ham, good ratio of cheese, pickles, mustard, mayo and perfect bread. Delicious!” wolfe agrees, comparing the pork to carnitas with the crispy bits.

Bistec de palomilla encebollada features tender, thinly sliced steak in a tasty marinade, topped with mojo grilled onions, Dezzer says.

Ropa vieja, shredded flank steak, is “just tender enough while retaining a little bit of chew,” says Melanie Wong. It’s smothered in a flavorful, fresh-tasting Creole sauce that’s worth sopping up on its own.

Fried sweet plantains are hard to mess up, but Mikey’s are particularly good, says TerriL—well-caramelized and delicate. For dessert, the coconut flan is no rubbery puck, but an excellent concoction of custard with shredded coconut baked into the top, served in a pool of slightly bitter caramel sauce.

Mikey’s [Marin]
783 Andersen Drive, San Rafael

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