Paseo has become a Seattle institution. Caribbean food with a twist. And definitely a hole in the wall. But, 4 stars, because the food is THAT good. Fortunately I live within 10 minutes of both the Ballard and Fremont locations, so we usually get our food to go, and bring it home.
Paseo Midnight Cuban Press $8.95
Fremont almost always has a long line, and they are known to sell out of sandwiches from time to time. That's truly a disappointment when you arrive to see that sign! So I have to admit, I haven't tried anything on the menu except the sandwiches.
The Midnight Cuban Press is my favorite sandwich, but the Grilled Chicken ($8.50) and the Sauteed Prawns ($8.95) are both really great sandwiches as well. The bread is hard and chewy, and it can tear up the roof of your mouth if you aren't careful! The Midnight Cuban has slow roasted pork that is sweet and juicy, ham, swiss cheese and pickled banana peppers as well as their famous grilled onions. The onions are really great, they are sweet and still a little crunchy, even though they are fully cooked. I'd like to try and make a roast pork dish similar to the pork in this sandwich, maybe sometime I'll try to figure out what the marinade might be. The sandwiches are extra extra messy, and really, I don't see how people can eat them at the cramped tables at the Fremont location.
So if you head to Paseo, be prepared to roll up your sleeves and just dive in. Definitely not a place for a first date if you don't want pork juicy goodness all over your face and running down your arms!
Maybe someday I will try one of the bowls, or plates, but the sandwiches are what bring me back time and again! Oh, and just an FYI - Paseo usually closes for the month of January, and sometimes into mid-February for a winter break! Why is it that during this time we crave Paseo the most?!
Paseo - Ballard
6226 Seaview Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11:00am - 8:00pm
Paseo - Fremont
4225 Fremont Ave N
Hours: Tuesday - Friday 11:00pm - 9:00 pm, Saturday 11:00am - 8:00pm