This upbeat eatery specializes in Latin fare with a Carribean twist. Favorite include mofongo, mashed boiled plantains with onion, garlic, and pork rind; chicken, shrimp, or lobster cooked with rice in a tomato base; and Karamba chicken. Open every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Reservations recommended.
Best Cheap Eats 2004
Best Bargain Latin (2005)
With the average cost of a meal in the county around $35, wouldn't it be nice to find a reliable eatery with quality, inexpensive fare? Seventy-five percent ethnic Cuban eatery and 25 percent American diner (burgers, salads, and grilled cheese are also offered), Karamba is the ideal casual lunch or dinner spot for a budget conscious diner--a dinner tab for two rarely goes much above $20. Throw in well-portioned servings, and it's double the great deal. And try a batido (the Latin version of a milkshake), in three frothy flavors: mango, pineapple, and vanilla.
The savory Latin dishes at Karamba Café are delicious as is, but what makes them go down even more quickly is that they’re easy on the wallet. For $6.50 to $7, you can have yourself one heck of a scrumptious lunch of steak and onions, or, perhaps, oven-baked chicken with a side of sweet plantains, or maybe you’d prefer rice and beans today. Dig a tad deeper into your pocket—say, for a 10 spot, and dinner can be yours, too. And if you’re too tired (or lazy) to put on a pair of shoes and go there, have your chow delivered (unless you live north of the 287 line.)