Located in Mallory Square, El Mesón de Pepe is a great place to eat either before or after the sunset festivities. "The Cistern" is the place to be after dark. It's a sunken patio, surrounded by trees and warmly lit with tabletop candles. When the sun goes down and the evening cools, you can kick back and listen to the gurgling of the fountain or performances of live music. Every meal starts with fresh Cuban bread and a chimichurri sauce for dipping. The churrasco steak is a real crowd pleaser as are two excellent chicken dishes. Pollo al ajillo features a grilled half chicken with caramelized onions and a mojito glaze. The pechuga de pollo a la plancha is a grilled chicken breast with mild chimichurri sauce of parsley, garlic, and oil.
If you get a little tired of the hustle and bustle of Mallory Square and Duval Street, wander up Catherine Street to El Siboney. You will find that the crowd at El Siboney is a lot more subdued than that group you left at Captain Tony's! Don't pass up the enchilado de camarones, a good serving of tender shrimp in a delicious tomato-based Creole sauce and the medio pollo a la plancha, a half chicken roasted with an abundance of garlic. Simple food all under the watchful gaze of the restaurant's namesake, a large wooden Indian that dominates the dining room.
HOURS: Daily 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
HOURS: Daily 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
PRICES: Low to moderate
HOURS: Daily 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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