El Rincon Criollo

The scent of garlic greets diners well outside the door. Inside is an explosion of color: Paintings of Cuban scenes (lots of palm trees and vintage cars) cover almost every inch of wall space. There’s a home-cooked quality to the food that shines in the lechón asado, served with traditional rice, beans, and plantains, and the staff is reassuringly friendly. Splurge—but just barely—for a glass of house-made sangria.