Havana Café. Tapas are marvelous at this cozy Cuban-style cantina. While sampling authentic Cuban creations like shrimp pancakes, ham and chicken croquettes, Cuban tamales, and paella heaped with a whole Maine lobster, diners can shed the stresses of an arid metropolis. New Puerto Rican menu items include stuffed green plantains and plantains with pork cracklings. There's something special for vegetarians, too: cho cho, a fresh chayote squash stuffed with
loads of veggies and topped with a Jamaican curry sauce, and rice with pigeon peas. 6245 E. Bell Rd., North Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ, 85254. 480/991–1496. www.havanacafe-az.com. Closed Sun.