Dana Craig takes us on a tour of Kenn-Tico Cuban Bar and Grill in today’s RTD. Along with many others she took the opportunity to scribble on Kenn-Tico’s guest wall which is a fun inside the restaurant way to post your comments and best wishes to the owners.
Here’s an excerpt from the RTD.
Kenn-Tico Cuban Bar & Grill also serves those popular wraps, but that’s a small portion of the menu. The rest is loaded with enthusiastically spiced Cuban dishes, such as a classic Cuban sandwich with pork, ham, Swiss, mustard and pickles jazzed up with chorizo ($7.95); and lechon asado ($9.95), roasted pork marinated in mojo criollo, a garlic-citrus-cumin sauce.The friendly staff also knows how to make a mean mojito. Kenn-Tico’s cocktail menu has a section featuring variations on this classic rum-mint drink. I recommend the Midnight Mojito ($7.95), topped off with a floater of maple syrup-tasting Cruzan Black Strap Rum.
And the bartenders muddle the mint fresh with each order. Don’t expect to see stacks of glasses filled with pre-prepped ingredients and gallons of pre-made simple syrup as found elsewhere.
We arrived on a Wednesday evening, dismayed to see the nicely appointed dining room virtuallyempty. However, this allowed the lone employee time to give us plenty of recommendations . . .
That is, until the crowds picked up. Although our server never forgot a thing, it was still impossible for one person to bartend, host and serve everyone who walked through the door. Kenn-Tico needs to up the number of staff, and the dining experience will surely improve. The food is already memorable.
We started with the Triple Cuban Dipper ($9.99), a sampler platter that allows you to choose three of Kenn-Tico’s nine appetizers.
Croquetas, fried breading filled with ham and cheese, struck a perfect balance between creamy and crisp, with the savory flavors of ham shining.
204 E. Grace St.
Richmond VA 23219
Monday – Thurs. 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Friday – Saturday 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Happy Hour 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm