Hooray for a new restaurant at American Tobacco! I was fortunate enough to get invited to the Tuesday night opening party at Cuban Revolution, and though they just had a what I would describe as a sneak peek of their food, I was definitely intrigued. Much of the food was standard finger food – cheese, fruit, and veggies – but there were two vegetarian items that were clearly from the menu: a tomato and cheese sandwich, and a little bitty wrap with maduros (fried plantains), rice, tomatoes, and cheese. Based on this, I was hoping that the full menu would be vegetarian-friendly. After going there today for lunch, I can tell you that it surely is.
Maduros Vegan-Sushi Rolls - not actually vegan. Or sushi. But still very tasty.
The most interesting food on the menu comes in the form of tapas. There is fried cassava with garlic dip, roasted red peppers with feta and olive oil, pepperdews stuffed with goat cheese, two types of empanadas (spinach/cheese and portabello/cheese), black beans and rice, and sweet potato fries. One particularly delicious-sounding offering is fried green beans with remoulade dip.
Additionally, there are several sandwiches made with Cuban bread available: tomato and cheese, and hot peppers and cheese. (These come with the usual condiments and add-ons.) The maduros wrap is what I had for lunch today, and was a more expanded version of what I tasted last night. The plantains were yummy, though I wished there had been some kind of sauce for the wrap. They also serve a Gardenburger.
I must report that there are some inconsistencies printed on the menu surrounding vegetarian and vegan items. The most glaring is that the maduros vegan sushi wrap mentioned earlier is not, in fact, vegan since it contains cheese. At least the fact that it contains cheese is clearly printed on the menu. The Gardenburger is listed as being vegan as well. Since there are multiple varieties of Gardenburger, it may well be that the one they serve is vegan. If this is a concern of yours, though, I would suggest verifying it before ordering. The chicken quesadilla being marked as vegetarian is just laughable. I spoke with one of the owners about this issues (as well as the others), and he said that on previous menu versions, it was simply a quesadilla and it was accidentally left as vegetarian when the name (and ingredients) changed. It is, of course available without chicken. He also confirmed that the Caesar salad, marked as vegetarian, does NOT contain anchovies in its dressing.
All in all, Cuban Revolution is a welcome addition to American Tobacco and to Durham, and I look forward to going back there again soon!