Good news in Borderstan restaurants. Cafe Salsa opened its doors Friday evening at 1712 14th NW, just north of R on the west side.
Luis and I happened to notice it was opening and got the last table in the first seating, at around 8:15. I am happy to report that we had a great meal.
The menu is eclectic Latin American–“Nuevo Latino Cuisine”–and similar to the owners’ first Cafe Salsa in Old Town Alexandria. Luis had a seafood dish… tuna, calamari and shrimp over mashed plantains.
I had Cuban-style pork with black beans and rice. With a drink a piece, the total bill with tax and tip was about $66–and a good deal in our opinion.
Only the first floor dining room and bar is open now (lighting and color scheme are very nice). However, the owners gave us a tour of the second floor, which will contain several additioanl dining rooms as well as lounge that will overlook 14th Street. The upstairs space is intimate, has great lighting and will make a great addition to Borderstan.