Canela Café owner Margarita Vasallo displays an array of tapas and salads.

Canela Cafe 


Created by a Cuban-American woman and a guy from Barcelona, this tiny spot has an ambitious menu — and a split personality: part Pan Latin, part Spanish. At lunch, inventive sandwiches such as the Spanish Catalana (garlic spinach, raisins, almonds, roasted peppers, and brie) and the Cuban-inspired Canela Ruiz (sweet ham, provolone, and guava shell) are supplemented by equally creative salads, several simple traditional Latin entrees, and a limited list of tapas. The latter includes irresistible pan de queso (Brazilian cheese rolls) and remarkably creamy croquetas. At night, diners can get the same sandwiches and salads plus more elaborate entrees, including several authentic paellas. But tapas rules: a monster-size list of hot and cold creations rooted in regions all over Spain and Latin America. Note for non-carnivores: Canela boasts an unusually large list of seafood tapas, plus tasty vegetarian items like grilled asparagus with garlicky aioli.

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  • Yes
  • Spanish
  • Yes
  • Indoor
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Cheerful din
  • Yes

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