Apr 19, 2024 - Food and Drink

🇨🇺 New chef at El Puro

spread of food on a table

Their popular tres leches pancakes have been updated and are now fluffier, served with dulce de leche, condensed milk and candied walnuts. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

El Puro Cuban Restaurant recently brought on a new chef who updated the restaurant's brunch, lunch and dinner menus.

Why it matters: El Puro is one of Charlotte's best restaurants, known for its modern take on traditional Cuban cuisine. It's owned by Cuban immigrants who also own Havana Carolina Restaurant & Bar in Concord.

Zoom in: Chef Carlos Nevarez was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Miami, surrounded by Cuban influences his entire life.

  • Before moving to Charlotte, he worked as the executive chef for Soho House Austin and at renowned hotels and restaurants throughout his 23 years as a chef.

Dig in: Of the new brunch menu items, we tried the guajiro Benedict (poached eggs with tostones and shredded pork), the disco Benedict (poached eggs with croquetas and cheese) and the torrejas (a type of French toast, served with guava and cream cheese).

Stop by: El Puro is at 5033 South Blvd.

  • It's open Sunday and Tuesday-Thursday from 11am-10pm; Fridays and Saturdays from 11am-midnight; closed on Mondays.
  • Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-3pm.

Bonus: El Puro recently released a "happy hour bites" menu, featuring shareable plates for $9, available Tuesday-Friday from 3-6pm.


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