Looking for tangy, savory dishes with Latin and Caribbean flair? Check out Guava Tree Cafe, a place where you’ll find one of the best Cubanos in town—hands down.

The first time I heard about Guava Tree was eight years ago. During this time they had a little shack on the corner of Yale and Lead. It was a dingy little place, but the decor faded as I took the first bite of my Cubano. Rich with slow-cooked pork, it was like something out of a movie.

After relocating deeper into Nob Hill and then opening a little shop out of Tin Can Alley, the Latin-based eatery has thrived with its diverse menu.

Not only does Guava Tree deliver some tasty sandwiches, but they make a mean chowder—and I’m not talking New England style. Their ajiaco santafereño is a Colombian-style chicken chowder that is the best soup you’ll ever have.

Have you ever heard of a “papelón?” It’s a raw sugar lemonade drink. The balance of tart and sweet makes it a real treat, especially if you’re feeling that heat from the chowder. Guava also offers other blended smoothies that include fresh fruits. Mango smoothies, made with either milk or water, are the drink of choice in the Caribbean—and now Nob Hill—especially with the weather warming up.

So if you’re looking for a place with an exotic menu and you’re looking for something new, Guava Tree Cafe is worth a try for delicious bites, chowder, Cubanos and fruity drinks.

Guava Tree Cafe

118 Richmond Dr. NE

Neighborhood: Nob Hill

Category: Caribbean/Colombian

Phone: (505) 990-2599

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Cade Guererro

Cade is young journalist who has worked at publication in Austin, Santa Fe and Albuquerque. He focuses on the cultural topics of Albuquerque.

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