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Caribbean and Mexico meet at Cielito

Date Posted: 2010-04-29

The atmosphere is distinctly Latin at Cielito Food & Bar, where Mexican and Caribbean foods are everybody’s favorites.

Cielito means ‘Sweetheart’ in Spanish, and Cielito owner Takayo Quintanarcruz says that’s exactly what she wants her establishment to portray with its customers. She’s an attentive restaurateur, insuring her homemade salsa and corn tortillas are the best in Okinawa. Other recommended dinners include Carne Asada Tacos and Carnitas dinner.

Sharing the spotlight with the Mexican entrees are a pair of Caribbean dishes recommended by a co-owner who’s from a Caribbean island. Cat fingers, which are actually fish fritters served with French fried potatoes, and spicy curry chicken are worth the visit. Open since July 2009, Cielito and its Latin atmosphere, with music wafting through the air throughout the day and evening, serves a variety of cocktails and Mexican beers, as well as Okinawan awamori, Japanese sake, and Shochu.

The restaurant is open Thursday through Saturday, with Happy Hours 7 p.m. ~ 9 p.m. Look for roll tacos and avocado cream sauce, together with one drink—Orion or Kirin beer or a soft drink—for only ¥1,000.

Cinco de Mayo, the national holiday in Mexico, is being celebrated May 5th at Cielito. The restaurant will be open at lunch time so guests can enjoy Cinco de Mayo. Romantic Mexican Ranchera music will fill the air, and good foods, says Takayo, will make you happy. The day’s specials for lunch include choice combo meals of Chicken Enchiladas or Carnitas for ¥1,200, or combination of both for ¥1,500. One free Corona beer is included.

Cinco de Mayo dinner for ¥2,800 features Chicken Enchiladas, Steak Fajitas, Tamales, Ceviche, Mexican Rice and Frijoles. Also included are tortilla chips and spicy potatoes with homemade salsa. One free tequila shot or Margarita tops the fiesta.

Cielito is open Thursday through Saturday, 7 p.m. ~ 1 a.m. The music in the bar is salsa on Thursdays, and Ranche Tejano on Fridays and Saturdays. Takayo says she wants Cielito to make every customer say “Now I’m back home.” Cielito is located on Futenma Deigo Street, next to Images car detailing shop, and open special hours –7 p.m. to 1 a.m.—on the “Sundays preceding American national holidays. Cielito accepts both Yen and U.S. dollars, but no credit cards. Parking is available at the Lawson’s near Deigo Street.

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