If you’re looking for a major treat without a bank-breaking bill, this is it. Beautiful place, beautiful food. ■
★★1/2 (Good to Very Good)
2123 Adams (near Alabama Street, just east of Farmhouse), 619-269-6612; cuevabar.com
HOURS: Monday–Thursday, noon–10:00 p.m.; Friday–Saturday, noon–11:00 p.m.
PRICES: Appetizers and salads $3–$8; soups $7–$8; large, fresh-baked empanadas $9–$11 for two; flatbreads $10–$11; desserts $6–$7.
CUISINE & BEVERAGES: Eclectic, creative, health-conscious menu of tapas sized to share, including empanadas and other Latin-flavored bites. Adventurous, affordable wine list emphasizing Latin America and Spain; everything available by the glass, plus long list of international beers.
PICK HITS: Cocoa flatbread with nuts, fruits, cheese; chicken gumbo (Mexican-style); empanadas of beef, chicken, plus (my guess) guava. Chef favorite: albondigas soup.
NEED TO KNOW: Small space popular with neighborhood, best to reserve. Whole-wheat doughs for baked goods available for $1 extra. Casual, comfortable, civilized. Street parking. Low-fat, health-conscious cooking with plenty for lacto-vegetarians, few vegan choices but several dishes adaptable with “hold the cheese!”