Reader Steve H. let me know Cubaneo has opened at 418 State Street, the former home of India House. Last June I reported that this restaurant was on it’s way and is the sister eatery to Barbareño at 205 W. Canon Perdido Street.
Their web site cubaneosb.com tells us a little bit about the venue:
“The term ‘cubaneo’ is used in Cuba to describe the ways the Cuban identity is expressed. The manner in which Cubans speak. The passion they display when they dance to salsa music. The grace they show while playing béisbol. And the pride they take in their unique style of living. All of these create an overwhelming sense of cubaneo when one is immersed in the culture. At Cubaneo, we seek to embody this feeling by serving food that honors the vibrancy of the Cuban culture. We serve traditional Cuban dishes—from the classic Cubano sandwich, to arroz con pollo, to mojo-marinated chicken, and to Mima’s frijoles negros. With all of these preparations, we take inspiration from the original Cuban dishes. However, we seek to update the flavors to suit the ethos of California cuisine. Using the best ingredients we can find along with recipes we grew up with, we hope to infuse a little bit of cubaneo into the lives of the guests we serve.”
Cubaneo is open daily 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Call (805) 242-9426.