Over the past five years, Portland has become a surprising hotspot for those craving empanadas, papa rellenas, and of course, cafécito Cubano. A scene that was once exclusively dominated by Pambiche in the early 2000s has diversified, with options like a Cuban cocktail bar and a vegan cafe. Now, Portlanders can now pick up a box of guava and cream cheese empanadas or enjoy a batido de mamey without having to make a trip down to Miami. Those craving ham croquetas on a night out, or searching for vegan versions of classic Cuban dishes for takeout, can find what they need everywhere from Beaverton to Oregon City.
Note that Eater maps are not ranked; they are organized geographically. Those looking for a more general guide to the plentiful Caribbean fare in the area should check out this map.
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