Latin American in Commercial Drive

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The granddaddy of Drive dining buzzes on summer evenings when its patio – the area's biggest and best – is animated with clamorous chatter. With a couple of counter-culture holdovers (check the graffiti-scratched walls inside and the back gallery-theater combo), it's all about mojito pitchers and a comfort menu combining tacos, 'Cuban sandwiches' and jerk-chicken wraps. Go for the jambalaya.

Expect to wait for a park-view patio perch on peak summer evenings. And if you get one, hold onto it for dear life – or at least until the next round of drinks turns up. Comedy fan? There are Sunday and Monday night shows here every week.