Embargo Grill opened last year, specializing in Caribbean flavors. The small restaurant has gained a lot of popularity since it opened, even making Yelp’s “Top 100 Restaurants to Eat in the U.S. for 2015.”
I met with CC for lunch there this past weekend and was excited to explore the menu. We grabbed a table outside and I was pleased that the staff was still attentive and checked in on us often.
Fried yuca is similar to French fries, though yuca is starchier with a little more texture. When prepared correctly, I think these are even better than French fries. I was first introduced to this dish during a visit to Antojitos Colombianos with Kirk of mmm-yoso. I’ve been obsessed with them ever since and order them whenever I get a chance. Unfortunately, most of the versions in San Diego to have been a big disappointment.
I found these to be a pleasant surprise. While not as crisp and light as the version at Antojitos Colombianos, they were crispy and the mojo criollo, a garlic sauce, was a nice addition.
I’ve never had a cubano sandwich before, so I don’t have much of a comparison point. I really loved the crispness of the bread. I found the pulled pork, ham and cheese filling a bit salty and a little underwhelming.
Tostones with Garlic Aioli
Unripe green plantains are twice fried. These were like thick, starchy chips and I really enjoy snacking on these.
CC also ordered this cuban coffee, basically a shot of espresso sweetened with raw sugar. I loved the little espresso cup and saucer it came in.
Overall, we had a pleasant time here. I’ll need to come back and explore more of the sandwich and entree menu, but I did enjoy the tostones and yuca frita.
You can read mmm-yoso’s visit here.
3960 W Point Loma Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110