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Rumba Rhum & Food

A place pirates will love

rumba rhum & food!

If another food truck opens in Seattle, you might just throw yourself in front of it.

Steer clear of traffic and turn right into Rumba Rhum & Food, a new bar in Capitol Hill.

The inspiration is Cuba, 1950s. Owner Travis Rosenthal (Tango), with partner-in-crime Kate Perry, filled the color-washed space with Old Havana details like leaf-shaped ceiling fans and amber wood shelves stocked with vintage accessories. Hard-to-find rum (Agricole, El Dorado, Lemonhart 151) is generously poured at the curved, bilevel bar.

Perry spent weeks researching the spirit in Barbados, Martinique, Antigua, and other chilled-out Caribbean locales before returning to share what she discovered.

Which brings us to: shaved-ice daiquiris, fresh mojitos, baked empanadas (chicken, chorizo, vegetarian), Jamaican jerk pork shank with pineapple slaw, and smoked chicken wings in hibiscus marinade.

After a meal like that, you might need to roll yourself out of the bar.

Rumba Rhum & Food, 1112 Pike Street (206-583-7177 or rumbaonpike.com).

Photo: Courtesy of Rumba Rhum & Food

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1112 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101