This past weekend my husband and I visited a relatively new place called Guayacan on Michigan - it's around 70th Street, just a few blocks down and on the other side of the road from Sizzling Wok. It calls itself "Caribbean food" but it's more specific than that - it's food from the Dominican Republic. This first visit was quite enjoyable - we had albondigas (meatballs) that were good, and a dish called mofongo con camarones, which consisted of mashed plantains with bits of fried pork rind mixed in, topped with shrimp and garlic. The mofongo was delicious but a big bowl of it was more than I could eat. They also served as a side dish some of the best rice and beans I've ever had. The waitress asked if we wanted white rice or "yellow rice" and, assuming that anything which wasn't plain white rice was worth trying, we ordered the yellow. It turned out to be rice cooked with carrots, onions, garlic, and other herby things, and was the high point of the meal. Black beans were almost a soup, and were delicious - I finished the beans and rice though not the mofongo. I think a portion of rice and beans would make a great, and cheap, lunch.
The atmosphere is "cheap ethnic" - the people running the place are very pleasant, but there's not a lot of decor. Personally I consider places like this kind of romantic, but that's probably just me. The service was very attentive, but a little slow. One problem - on a Sunday evening, they had run out of some of the things we wanted to order. I imagine on a Friday or Saturday this would be less likely to happen. I'm looking forward to trying out some of the other things on the menu in the future.