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Petworth’s Little Havana Starts Serving Cubano Sandwiches and Rum Cocktails Tonight

The casual Cuban newcomer is scheduled to open for bar and dinner service on Friday, August 10

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Little Havana’s Cubano sandwich includes marinated slow roasted pork, ham, pickles made on-site, dijon mustard, swiss cheese, garlic-mayo.
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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Neon-colored neighborhood eatery Little Havana is ready to debut its lineup of authentic Cuban bites and fire up its salsa playlist, aiming to replicate a lively restaurant found on the streets of Havana.

Restaurateur Alfredo Solis, who also runs D.C. taquerias El Sol and Mezcalero, plans to unveil his new Cuban-themed venture to the public on Friday, August 10. The back wood-lined bar will start slinging Red Stripe beers and piña coladas out of pineapples at 3 p.m., followed by dinner service kicking off at 4 p.m.

Chef Joseph Osorio’s citrusy salads ($7 to $11) include a mango jerk chicken salad with candied walnuts, while sandwiches and burgers ($7 to $12) integrate other native Cuban flavors like like mahi fish, pineapple-jicama slaw, and grilled chorizo. Mains ($16 to $24) include seafood selections like salmon with tamarind glaze and spicy mango salsa, a whole fried red snapper, and a paella packed with pimento, lobster, and shrimp, with a “terra” (land) section devoted to marinated meats like spicy guava barbecue ribs and slow-braised beef tongue.

At the back bar, carved pineapples and coconuts will double as mugs for tropical drinks with rum playing a starring role. Caffeine, also big in Cuban culture, will come from nearby purveyor Qualia Coffee.

Little Havana’s food service is projected to operate from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. to start, with the bar opening an hour earlier. Weekend brunch and lunch is scheduled to follow a few weeks after, and morning coffee and pastries are expected to join the lineup later on at the 70-seat restaurant with its own patio.

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Status: Scheduled to open on Friday, August 10 at 3 p.m. 3704 14th Street NW; website.

Scroll on for a look at what diners can expect at Little Havana:

The appetizer section at Little Havana ($9 to $13) includes Cuban Rolls packed with pork, pickles, swiss cheese, ham, and garlic-mustard aioli.
Little Havana/official photo
Sides ($3 to $5) at Little Havana include yucca fries, black beans, and fried plantains.
Little Havana/official photo
Churrasco a la parrilla at Little Havana ($14): grilled marinated skirt steak, yuca fries, and chimichurri sauce.
Little Havana/official photo