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Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine Tapas And Salsa Dancing Make For A Fun Night Out

Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine

1250 Library St, 48226
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Price Level:   
  • Open for: Lunch, Dinner, Weekends, Late Night
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Live Music
  • Outdoor Patio
  • Cards Accepted

Tags: dinner, lunch, tapas, downtown, casual, catering, carry out, weekend hours, take out, outdoor patio, vegetarian options, Caribbean, Vicente's Cuban Cuisine, sangria, salsa dancing, chorizo, Cuban sandwich, late nights

Gentlemen take note: an evening of great food and salsa dancing makes for a pretty impressive date night. You’ll find both at Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine, one of our favorite restaurants and the hottest underground salsa club in town. You’ll feel like a VIP from the moment you step inside this trendy but casual spot, where the service is top-notch and the food is consistently tasty.

Cuban cuisine is influenced by the recipes, techniques and spices of Spain, Africa and the Caribbean. The resulting fusion makes Vicente’s menu one of the most unique in the Motor City. Start your meal with a few tapas or appetizers like tostones (double fried green plantains) and papas rellenas, which we can best describe as balls of fried mashed potatoes – actually, make that pillowy, well-seasoned, mouth-watering balls of fried mashed potatoes. Or try the Chorizo with fresh mushrooms, which are sauteed with olive oil, minced garlic then flambeed with sherry wine.

The entrees are a flavorful medley of classic recipes and modern interpretations. You can’t go wrong with Vicente’s version of ropa vieja, a traditional Cuban dish made with thinly shredded beef, red wine, tomato sauce, bell peppers and olives, served with white rice, black beans and sweet plantains. We’re big fans of the arroz con pollo, made with saffron rice and wonderfully moist chicken. Fried sweet plantains perfectly complement the dish. Vicente’s menu also features seafood, soups, salads and a selection of paella, a Cuban twist on the classic Spanish specialty. Signature drinks like sangria, caipirinhas and mojitos are well-executed and complement the food.

The portions are generous, but don’t be shy about boxing up half of your dinner to leave room for something sweet. Vicente’s version of tres leches cake is deliriously good. Made with sponge cake soaked in three kinds of milk and topped with a fluffy vanilla meringue, one bite will send you spiraling into a state of bliss.

When you find yourself in a lunch-break rut, instinctively returning to the same spot every day, Vicente’s has just what you need to break out of your boring routine. The Cuban sandwich, made with pork, ham, swiss cheese, pickles, mustard and mayo on pressed Cuban bread, is satisfying and delicious. Vegetarians will love the grilled portobello, goat cheese and roasted red peppers sandwich, or the vegetarian Cuban, where pork and ham are replaced with avocado, lettuce, roasted peppers and onions.

Weekends at Vicente’s are like fun trip down to Havana, without the pesky travel embargo. The restaurant offers free salsa dancing and lessons every Friday and Saturday. Learn some basic steps along with a few more advanced combinations, then try out your moves.

These salsa nights are an entertaining alternative to the typical bar night. Grab a few friends, order some tapas (the queso de cabra – baked goat cheese in a tomato sauce with tomatoes and basil – is a must), and hit the dance floor.


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