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Photo by Adrianne D'Angelo

El Exquisito

Photo by Adrianne D'Angelo
Family-owned Exquisito has a rich history in Little Havana. What began as a small, 16-seat cafeteria next to the Tower Theater is now a 75-seater serving lovingly prepared Cuban cuisine. Owner Heliodoro Coro bought the space in 1974 and runs it with his nephew Juan, who can sometimes be found in the restaurant’s kitchen. Menu items are reasonably priced and include a variety of meat, pork, poultry, and seafood dishes, along with a long list of sandwiches, sides (try the tamal), and daily specials that range from hearty soups to oxtail stew. With more than 30 years at the same location, two expansions, and a loyal fan base, Exquisito is doing a lot of things right. New Normal: Takeout and delivery available.