Cuba Libre To Begin Selling Empanadas Out the Back Door

In conjunction with National Empanada Day on Sunday, April 8 (take a back seat Easter), Chef-Partner Guillermo Pernot of Cuba Libre is opening Empanada Alley, a late-night spot located at the back of  the Old City restaurant on Strawberry Street. Every Friday and Saturday throughout April, from midnight until 3 a.m., the restaurant will serve up $3 empanadas in the converted kitchen space, reminiscent of a bodega.

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Afro-Cuban Pop-Up Coming to Philly for One Night

Chef Wheeler del Torro, who has made a name for himself with vegan ice cream and pop-up restaurants in Boston (and elsewhere), is bringing Barrio, his Afro-Cuban pop-up restaurant to Philadelphia for one night.

On Saturday, March 31st, del Toro will open in an undisclosed venue and serve food that combines the spices and flavors of Havana street food with global influence. Del Torro says, “‘Barrio is all about encouraging people to explore different parts of their culinary repertoire.”

Potential guests are asked to complete an application to request invitations. To more ticket information, contact

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Real Cuban Chef Coming to Cuba Libre

Chef Guillermo Pernot of Cuba Libre will be hosting Chef Lucio of El Gijonés Restaurant in Havana, Cuba in a pop-up palador. Palador is a Spanish term used in Cuba to refer to a small family-run or privately-owned restaurant. The pop-up runs from January 11th to 13th at Cuba Libre and the dinners will cost $39 per person.

Lucio will be the first visiting Cuban chef to cook in the U.S. since the embargo on Cuba began in the 1960s.

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Cuba Libre Inspires Ten Years Later

Trey Popp revisits ten-year old Cuba Libre and finds that the kitchen has been reinvigorated as chef Guillermo Pernot has unleashed 25 new menu items.

The surprises began early with a plate of baby octopus unlike any I’ve ever encountered. Center City has no shortage of kitchens offering baby octopuses—Philly excels in the eight-armed-animal department in general—but the specimens passed off as babies everywhere else are great honking sea monsters next to the ones sprinkled like popcorn atop a smoky, spicy, sesame-tinged mound of mashed eggplant that hit the Asian-Caribbean fusion bull’s-eye. These char-edged baby octos could have swum through a child bride’s wedding ring. They could have been served on nickels without blocking the view of Thomas Jefferson’s ponytail. But they could not have been any more addictively delicious.

The Revisit: Cuba Libre [Philadelphia Magazine]

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Photography by Shane Canyon Walsh

Half-Off New Menu at Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre is previewing its new 10th anniversary menu for 50% off through Thursday. Now through Thursday you can get the entire lunch and dinner menus for half-off. And from Friday to Tuesday, May 31st, the Brunch without Borders menu as well as the lunch, happy hour and dinner menus will be 25% off.

Cuba Libre New Menu Preview Days [Official Site]

Drink With Me: Announcing the First-Ever Weekender Happy Hour


Whatever you’ve got scheduled for Wednesday, November 18th, from 5 to 7 p.m., cancel it, because you and your friends need to come get silly with me, our lovely food editrix Ashley Primis, and a host of other characters at the first-ever Weekender Happy Hour. Where, you ask? The brand-new Square 1682 at the Hotel Palomar. There will be the $7 Bell Pepper Smash (the bar’s signature cocktail), $5 wines by the glass, the $3 Tropical Whiskey Punch, and a selection of complimentary bites from the kitchen. Plus, the first 25 of you who mention The Weekender that night get a glass of bubbly on us. Put it on your calendar. Now.

Square 1682 at the Hotel Palomar, 17th and Sansom streets; 215-563-5008.

Dinner And A Room


Cuba Libre and Tropicana Casino and Resort have combined for a pretty sweet deal. Partake in chef Guillermo Pernot’s Tastes of Cuba tasting menu (PDF) for two at Cuba Libre’s 2nd Street location and you get a free overnight stay at the Tropicana in Atlantic City.

Dinner consists of three courses and a side for $39 per person and the free room is available Sunday through Thursday.

Complete menu after the jump.

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Summery Dishes At Alma


Chef Douglas Rodriguez is keeping things fresh this summer with some additions to the Alma de Cuba menu.

Chorizo sliders, duck empanadas, Alaskan crab salad, pan roasted lamb loin.

Read on! Read on!

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