Plantain Cafe's new menu

Shelley Mann, Columbus Alive

Plantain Cafe on Gay Street Downtown has an expanded menu and a new liquor license, wich means they're now serving beer (marked half-off during happy hour from 3-6 p.m.!) These cute little Plantain Rolls ($2.75) are a fun new appetizer. It's basically mounds of rice and beans wrapped up with a crunchy plantain then topped with your choice of meat: chicken, pork or ropa vieja (shredded beef). I tried the pork and was charmed by the crunchy little treat.

Among the other new offerings are these decent Fish Tacos ($9.25), filled with grilled tilapia and diced tomatoes, cheese, sour cream, black beans and cabbage. I prefer my fish tacos a little more scaled-down (just fish, cabbage, cilantro, lime and white sauce), but the fish is great and the beans and cheese make them really filling. Tacos are discounted to $2 apiece during happy hour.

A few other tilapia dishes have been added to the menu, too. Pan con Pescado ($8.45) is a fried tilapia sandwich topped with caramelized onions and tomatoes, while a Pescado y Camarones seafood plate comes with grilled tilapia and fried shrimp. Here are the other new menu options:

Masitas de Pollo (Fried Chicken): Chicken breast marinated in garlic and lime then deep fried and garnished with cilantro ($10.25)

Vaca Frita (Pan-Seared Beef): Beef marinated in citrus juice and garlic then pan-seared with onions ($10.95)

Taco Plate: Choice of three tacos (chicken, pork or beef) with diced tomatoes, cheese, sour cream and cabbage ($8.25)

Plantain Cafe

77 E. Gay St., Downtown


Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday