I don't like to wait for things. Microwave popcorn takes too long; I tap my fingers impatiently as my phone pulls up a website. The "buffering" bar on Netflix makes me clench my jaw, and the amount of time it takes for itunes to come up appalls me. So when I tell you I've waited forty five minutes more than once for a table at Mojito Tapas you know this must be some darn good food. Mojito's serves tapas (small plates for sharing with your dining companions) with Spanish, Cuban and Mediterranean influences. If you can wait long enough for a table (the place is always booming, so it seems) you're in for a treat.
The mojitos at Mojito Tapas are refreshing and minty, if not very alcoholic. I like to start my evenings there with a cheese plate. The selection of three cheese includes firm, nutty manchego served with smoked honey, sweet smooth iberico with port berries, and mild bleu peral with fig marmalade. It's the perfect appetizer, conducive to delicate nibbles and inventive combinations. The piquillo peppers make another great beginning, sweet peppers stuffed with goat cheese and drizzled with honey. Something about those gently roasted peppers with the silky cool cheese inside and the sticky honey is so divine.
Mojito's guacamole is probably the best in this whole city. I love that slippery avocado taste, the chunks of fresh tomatoes, the spices, and most of all the plantain chips served with the generous helping of guacamole. Also decadent are the stuffed dates, roasted dates stuffed with capriole and and wrapped in bacon, or the house made goat's milk dulce de leche ice cream. The menu is expansive with something for everyone, a great place for a birthday party or a large gathering.
Mojito's is kind of in right between "I'm not that hungry" and "I just got a bonus!" on the restaurant scale of expensiveness. The beautiful thing about small dishes or tapas is that you can adjust what you order to your level of hunger and the lightness of your pocketbook. You can get a giant Sanwhich de Vegatales (veggie sandwich, with peppers, cream cheese, mushrooms, squash, etc) for only eight dollars, or you can splurge on a Paella de Mariscos, a seafood dish that serves two for thirty four dollars and requires an hour to make. As usual, even this is worth the wait.
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