Gustazo

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Homesick for her native food, chef Patricia Estorino, opened Gustazo in 2015. Originally in Belmont, this small Cuban cuisine eatery was bursting at the seams and ready for expansion. Waltham, with its established food scene and plethora of small mom & pop dining options was the perfect location to open its doors to the Boston suburban foodie scene. This Cuban restaurant serves up traditional island plates such as Bistec Encebollado ( grilled Ribeye), Empanadas, and Croquetas de Pollo y Jamon (chicken & Serrano ham croquettes). Alongside these usual suspects, imaginative spins on classics such as Jibaritos, small cuban sandwiches served with tostones (smashed fried plantains) rather than soft white bread, Frituras de Calabaza, Cuban style squash fritters with goat cheese mousse & pepitas, and ceviche made with pomegranate, pineapple, avocado, tomato, orange, gooseberry with a side of boniato chips make the seasonally inspired menu items worth returning for regularly. The Sunday brunch may just be the best in all of Boston. With its newly acquired full liquor license, sipping a classic Cuban cocktail while devouring fluffy omelets made with sweet plantains, cuban style roasted chicken, or Spanish chorizo may be enough to skip the rest of the day’s meals.

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