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Leah Gabriel

Puerto Sagua

Leah Gabriel
A down-home Cuban diner on South Beach: Still a workable combo. Ropa vieja is tender strips of meat basted in a tomato-flavored broth. Tasty picadillo has the requisite green olives, while the chicken with yellow rice — decorated with peas and pimientos — is an enormous portion. Or just gaze at the Scull sisters' mural of Havana while scarfing the black bean soup that's fragrant with bay leaves and rings of white onion. Spooned over buttery white rice or toasted Cuban bread and accompanied by the Spanish buzz of heated conversations, a bowl of this stuff will last you all day.

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