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PUERTO RICAN

Metro Milwaukee Dining Guide

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Cafe El Sol

1028 S. Ninth St.

Located deep inside the United Community Center, El Sol’s visibility is relatively low, even though it has its own plainly marked entrance. But anyone who loves Mexican and Puerto Rican food shouldn’t overlook it. El Sol is especially notable for its daily Puerto Rican specials, but also serves up a fine selection of Mexican favorites. Try a breakfast of huevos rancheros or good old Yankee eggs, toast and bacon. The Friday fish fry buffet features live Hispanic music. Open Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and Friday 5-8:30 p.m. (D.L.) $. CC: MC, VS. FF. 384-3100 ext. 275

Nina’s Restaurant

2031 N. Holton St.

Mofongo, flautas and cheeseburgers are all found here, but the main reason to visit Nina’s is for the Puerto Rican options. The inexpensive tostones, slices of plantain fried and seasoned with a bit of garlic, are a must. Pasteles are a bit like tamales, but made with a combination of mashed plantains and green bananas. If you enjoy garlic in abundance, try the mofongo, a dish of plantains blended with bits of roast pork and plenty of garlic, served in the shape of a ball. (J.B.) CC: All major. 372-7172

Qiimera

631 W. National Ave.

Quimera is a good choice for food of the Latin Caribbean. The bar is also nice enough to be a destination of its own, a comfortable spot for a mojito with a plate of appetizers. Puerto Rican food tends to be fried and starchy but the compensation is the richness of flavors Quimera does so well. The asapaos are perfect fare for Milwaukee, seemingly designed for our many winter days. Ask for a table near the fireplace. (J.B.) $$. CC: MC,VS,DS. FB. Handicap access. 645-8202

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