Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar is a small national chain with one location near the city of Cleveland. The menu is Latin fusion with dishes from Mexico, Cuba, Central and South America. The bar prepares great drinks with an emphasis on rum, cachaca and tequila.
Paladar makes a ton of dishes for diners with dietary restrictions including a menu with symbols denoting vegetarian and vegan dishes. There is also a gluten-free menu.
Almost all of the side dishes, with the exception of the black beans and the refried bean dishes, are vegetarian. The pinto beans are vegan. Sides include rice dishes, vegetables and the ubiquitous fried plantain.
Guacamole is prepared to order and includes seasonal ingredients. The seasonal version was made with pepitas and queso blanco.
The baked empanada appetizer was portioned to share. It was stuffed with portobello mushrooms and queso blanco. It was dressed with a finely chopped pico de gallo and a garlic aioli that gives the dish a nice bite.
The sweet potato tacos give a great taste to a vegetarian classic. Hearts of palm add crunch, and the rest of the taco is filled with pinto beans, cabbage, scallions and tomatillo salsa. It is an exercise in flavor and texture.
Cocktails were well made but a little expensive. It's best to look for happy hour deals.