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Tapas ... hit or hype?

I'm looking for some feedback here because I can't believe I'm the only person that cringes when I hear a restaurant's menu described as tapas style. It's been around for a number of years but I've yet to be impressed. Disappointed describes my feelings better. The prices are the same but the plates just got smaller. I feel that it's a clever way for the restaurants to increase their profit margin. Come on! If your are going to serve sampler plates, they should not be at lower prices. For some reason, people think they are getting better food when the portions are smaller. Tell me what you think. I don't mind being proved wrong .. but I doubt I will.

Mar 09, 2008
FrustratedChef in General Topics

Mambo Cafe - San Rafael

I drove by today..there is a sign on the door that says "Closed for inventory" For over a week???? Sounds like out of business.

Mar 09, 2008
FrustratedChef in San Francisco Bay Area

San Rafael - Mambo's Café Redux (Cuban & Puerto Rican) – There may be simple greatness here.

They are closed. The sign says "Closed for Inventory". Sounds like out of business to me. Too bad.

Mar 09, 2008
FrustratedChef in San Francisco Bay Area

Mambo Cafe - San Rafael

Are they still in business? I've been trying to reach them on the phone for days. I live in Oakland so it's not like I want to just hop in the car and run over to make sure. The phone I've been trying is 415-453-1155. Perhaps one you locals can verify that they are still open.

Mar 09, 2008
FrustratedChef in San Francisco Bay Area

San Rafael - Mambo's Café Redux (Cuban & Puerto Rican) – There may be simple greatness here.

That was a typo in my reply. I checked the number on my cell, it was 415-453-1155. I tried all day and evening on Friday and Saturday. No answer. Only thing left is to just drive over there.

Mar 04, 2008
FrustratedChef in San Francisco Bay Area

San Rafael - Mambo's Café Redux (Cuban & Puerto Rican) – There may be simple greatness here.

I'm anxious to find a place with good Cuban comfort food. Mambo's looks promising! The problem is they never answer their phone! (415-451-1155). Are they still in business or just a case of Telephonophobia?

Mar 02, 2008
FrustratedChef in San Francisco Bay Area