Cafe Reviews

CARIB CAGE

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While Arriba! succeeds as a clever solution to Havana Cafe's problem of customers' leaving instead of waiting for tables, compared to the festive atmosphere at Tapas Papa Frita, the premiere tapas bar in town, it has all the excitement of a waiting room. This is not a place to celebrate tapas as much as it is a space in which to eat them, without fanfare, and leave.

Keep this in mind if you plan to go.

Cafe Caribe, 2330 North Alma School, Chandler, 786-9791. Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.

Arriba!, 4225 East Camelback, Phoenix, 952-1991. Hours: 5 p.m. to midnight, Tuesday through Sunday.

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My youthful memories of pre-Vice Miami are of big pink hotels and old people staring at the ocean from park benches. caribe

Bistec Caribe is tough to the point of jaw dislocation on one visit, gray and still on the tough side when we chance it again.

There is simply no excuse for not having stupendous black beans available from open to close, every day of operation in a Cuban restaurant.

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This is not a place to celebrate tapas as much as it is a space in which to eat them, without fanfare, and leave.

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