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Marina's Bistro and Rum Bar is a cozy little spot that recently opened in the heart of Uptown. Bringing the vibrant flavors of Puerto Rico, owner and chef Eric Roldan, has created a menu that highlights the best of his native cuisine, incorporating sustainable and locally sourced ingredients to provide a unique dining experience. 

The succinct menu features classic dishes from the island, including Mofongos, Arroz con Gondules, and Tostones, alongside a selection of handcrafted, (mostly) rum-based cocktails that complement the food.  

After ushering diners to a quaint table in the quaint, tropically decorated restaurant, the kitchen quickly brings out a basket of fried plantains and a helping of the most heavenly guava butter you’ll ever consume. We couldn’t get enough of the sweet and smooth schmear and asked to take home a tub of it to spread on as many foods as possible. It’s truly a gift that keeps on giving! 

Freshen the palate with the Ensalada de Aguacate, a lightly seasoned amalgamation of just-ripe avocado and tomato with zesty bites of chopped red onion. This salad is a great way to start your meat-heavy meal at Marina’s.  

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Between the main entrees and the mofongos, diners have the freedom to choose their preferred meat. However, we’re going to be honest and say there is really only one option: the pork. The Lechon Asado or roasted pork, is marinated and served piping hot in a citrus mojo. Whether you choose to enjoy it as an entrée or with mofongo (your choice of deep-fried plantain or yucca mashed with garlic and house seasonings), it will be the dish that you’ll be spreading the good word about!  

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If pork isn’t your thing, the Pollo Al Ajillo or garlic chicken, is the next best choice! Served in a garlicky stock, this will fill you up faster than you think. We enjoyed it warmed up in a tortilla the next day and it was just as delicious! 

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Through a bit of confusion between us and the staff, we didn’t end up taking home the Quesitos Con Salsa Guava o Fresa (cheesecake rolls with your choice of guava or strawberry sauce). If it’s still on the menu next time, you already know we’re making sure we get it!  

Marina’s Bistro & Rum Bar is tucked into a little shopping center on the corner of Magnolia and Wilson in Uptown. They welcome guests for lunch and dinner beginning at 11am, Tuesday through Sunday. 


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