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Opening Alert: Cuba 312 Aims to Fill Bellies & Hearts in Roscoe Village

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Family-owned restaurant opens today and hopes to push boundaries of traditional Cuban cuisine.

Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

Cuba 312 opens today in Roscoe Village, offering a modern twist on Cuban-American cuisine. While diners will find familiar fixtures such as the Cubano, the restaurant wants to offer a menu that goes beyond what patrons would expect.

Take the 1st & Ocean Wrap, which takes a spinach or flour wrap and stuffs it with a marinated grilled skirt steak, white rice, black beans, maduros, chimichurri and lettuce. There's also a selection of jibaritos, including one with the traditional slow-cooked Cuban favorite ropa vieja. The surf n turf is notable: Cuban coffee-rubbed ribeye with compound butter, garlic shrimp and yuca fritz. Take a look at the full menu here.

Inside, there's large lit letters spelling out "Cuba" hanging from an exposed brick wall. There's also a wall plastered with vintage Cuban posters. There's a casual feel here, but it's also good for special occasions, as reservations are available via OpenTable.

Cuba 212, hours not posted yet, 2054 W. Roscoe St, (773) 281-2822.