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Cuban Revolution in Baltimore [Pictures]
Cuban Revolution is big and anonymous, with wide expanses of windows up front and multiple television screens hanging over the front bar. Walls are decorated with oversized artwork depicting revolutionary figures and neon beer signs. At the back, the open kitchen is framed by an artsy installation of television monitors that are meant to show a program of newsreel footage from the 1950s and 1960s. When we saw them, they were all stuck on the menu screen. Either way, it's a cute totalitarian touch.
The atmosphere feels contrived, as does the food, which is bland and badly presented. Even a passable appetizer like chips with mango salsa looks lame because the salsa is served in a plastic cup meant for condiments. The aioli dip for an appetizer of fried green plantains had separated by the time it came to our table.
April 12, 2013