Cabana Fever

From the list of 11 side orders ($4 to $6), the arepas con queso ($6), nicely toasted and served on a bed of fresh shredded queso blanco, had me longing for afternoons in Caracas -- where the native versions are usually doughier and greasier. And a dessert of banana zeppoles ($5.95) erased any memories of the sweety-sweet same-named cream puffs often served in Long Island bakeries. The mouthfuls of pastry and custard filling were guaranteed to slug me silly on the Stairmaster the next morning but proved too tasty to be anything but wonderful at the moment.

By the end of the meal, around 11 p.m., Roy and Lisa, Mike and Jill were talking about continuing the party at Mano à Mano, a new tapas bar/restaurant two blocks down the street. Whether this urgency to keep the fun alive was the normal effect of dining at a place that serves dinner till 1 a.m. on the weekends or simply part of the Atlantic Avenue gestalt was open to question. Much more certain was the evening's $100 tab.

I came. I saw. I had a great time. Maybe I dined.

Joe Rocco

Location Info


Cabana El Rey

105 E. Atlantic Ave.
Delray Beach, FL 33444

Category: Restaurant > Nuevo Latino

Region: Delray Beach


Lunch and 11 till 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, till 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and till 10 p.m. Sunday. Call 561-274-9090
105 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach

And maybe Cabana proves you can eat atmosphere, after all.

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