Don’t be fooled by the guacamole and chips or the (housemade) tortillas at the new Havana Sol in Vallejo: This place is a real Cuban joint, and foremost among its offerings is a standout Cuban sandwich on housemade bread, available only at lunch.
The fluffy roll gets perfectly compressed in the sandwich press, says rworange, wrapped around flavorful roast pork, ham, and housemade pickles with just the right amount of Swiss cheese to round it out. A citrusy slaw and crisp, greaseless plantain chips come on the side.
Dinner entrées aren’t as impressive yet, although there’s water bread, with a citrus-like aroma, from a family recipe, rworange says. There’s also a nice escarole salad with roasted chiles and garlic-cumin dressing, says Dan Wodarcyk.
Decor is modern and tasteful; it would be a good place for a date—on weekends they have live music on the grand piano in back. Happy hour (Monday to Friday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.) brings $4 mojitos, $3 well drinks, and $2 draft beers.
Havana Sol [Solano County]
326 Virginia Street, Vallejo