Thursday, April 26, 2012

Alma de Cuba

This post is very delayed, as it has been about a month since I was in Philadelphia.  Regardless of the delay, I can't say enough about my awesome dining experience at Alma de Cuba.  I visited the restaurant with Jen, Traivor, and my brother Jeff.  As Traivor and I approached the restaurant I was impressed with the entrance, designed to look like the entrance to a building in Havana.  When we walked in we were both very surprised by the interior decorations, as they were much more modern than the facade belies.

 We were treated particularly well because our waitress was a former co-worker of Jen's and were told upon being seated that the restaurant has a gluten free menu.  You can check out the restaurant's gluten free menu here.  Our waitress made sure to send over an order of guacamole with plantain chips that would wow even the most seasoned guacamole expert; it was prepared with truffles and was unbelievably delicious.  We all practically licked the bowl before we let it be taken away!

The group then decided to split a ceviche sampler and my waitress was very helpful in pointing me towards what I could and could not eat on the sampler.  We all really enjoyed the different flavors, with my favorite being the Shrimp ceviche with fire-roasted tomatoes, orange juice and avocado.  For my entrée I went with the grilled bronzino which, again, was excellent.

I wish I could remember the finer points of my meal at Alma de Cuba.  Since it's been so long I'm having difficulty remembering everything about the meal but what I do remember is walking out of the restaurant onto Walnut Street extremely satisfied with my meal.

If you're gluten free, are a fan of Latino food, and visiting Philadelphia, Alma de Cuba should definitely be at the top of your list.

Do you love it or do you love it?
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Alma de Cuba
1623 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Map)

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