Last month (also last year! haha!) Laura and I went out for a little dinner to a spot I’d been meaning to check out for awhile: the Embargo Grill. It’s a Cuban place down in the Sports Arena area (just a couple doors down from the Cravory and in the same lot as the amusingly named taco shop “It’s a Taco Shop”).
I remember this spot used to be a burger place called BGR the Burger Joint. Looking back at my old post, I can see that Embargo Grill didn’t seem to change much of the interior, except to add some posters from Cuba and to swap out some of the other photos/painting in the restaurant.
There’s a good selection to choose from.
And the flip side of the menu. They do this combination dish where it’s kind of like a salad and dinner all in one dish.
I saw there was a free item offered upon check-in at Embargo Grill and we put in an order for that right away. It took a very long time to get it, too… more on that later.
[croquetas / $3.95]
When we went to Florida a couple years ago, one of my favorite things were the ham croquettes so I was very interested to try out the version here at Embargo Grill. These were a bit different from the ones I tried in Tampa. First off… they kind of looked like meatballs!
But no, it’s definitely potato filling with bits of ham and cheese inside. The outside was not very crunchy since it was covered in sauce and more cheese. I really missed the crunchy exterior and thought the flavor of these were just okay. Not what I was expecting at all but it was fun to try just the same.
[cubano sandwich with pulled pork, ham, and swiss cheese / $6.75]
I decided to just order a Cubano sanwich (sans pickles, of course) and was happy to see the lovely pressed grill marks on the sandwich.
The sandwich had been pressed really nicely to give it a lovely golden brown crust and the cheese was perfectly melted on top of the piles of pulled pork and slices of ham.
This sandwich has the satisfying crunch I was looking for! The meat was delicious paired with the melted cheese and bit of mustard spread on the inside. The bread held up really well and the whole sandwich was delicious – just as good as the Cubano sandwiches I had in Florida!
[boricua – pulled pork with puerto rican style beans, yellow rice, bbq sauce and leafy greens / $8.20]
Laura decided to try one of the combinations. I have to admit we both thought it was a little odd looking. BBQ pulled pork on top of a salad?
And beans and rice on the bottom? The rice is on the other side where you can’t see it, naturally, but it’s there. Laura liked it well enough but all I could think of was how I wanted everything to be separated and not piled together. Hah!
[mariquitas de platano – crispy plantain chips / normally $2.25]
When we were almost done with our food, we finally got our crispy plantain chips! It was a really generous portion and the plantains were very thinly sliced and well salted. They were incredibly crunchy and tasted really great with the remainder of my Cubano. I’d totally order these without a check-in even though it took forever to get them.
Laura discovered that it was National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day and we stopped in to get cookies before our meal. They had a special on a “Candy” cookie (which had like Twix and other candy in it) and a regular chocolate chip cookie for $1. What a deal!!
I enjoyed a couple of bites of these deliciously large cookies before taking them home and enjoying them for later. Yum! Another yummy dinner with a great friend!
3960 W Point Loma Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92110