After reading the reviews on this site, my boyfriend and I decided one Sunday evening to go to Sabor Tropical. We went with another couple, and it seemed like a quiet night so we were seated right away. They brought us some warm rolls that were a little burned on the bottoms, but the food soon made us forget all about that! We started off by sharing some amply sized appetizers. The linguica with grilled onions and yuca was grilled perfectly and came to the table piping hot. The salada cheffe was really fresh: crisp greens served complete with sliced beets, boiled egg and crispy bacon. The chicken croquettes were heavenly: perfectly browned and crispy on the outside, with a thin layer of cream just inside the crust, and moist shredded spiced chicken inside (how did they do that!?). All four of us being steak lovers, two of us ordered skirt steaks, and two ordered sizzling sliced sirloin. The skirt steak is certainly the restaurant's grande dame. Not only was it beautifully presented but tasted just as good as it looked. Plated with fresh vegetables, it was offered it in three preparations: grilled mushrooms, grilled onions, or hearts of palm. I chose the hearts of palm, which were tender, creamy, and a nice complement to the steak. There is no bar, but they do have beer and a small wine list. They were out of the pinot noir we wanted, but our waitress was very helpful and pointed us toward an organic syrah which was so smooth, fruity, and reasonably priced, we drank two bottles. We capped off our meal with espresso and shared an order of flan. All told, the damage came to less than $50 per person. Only one caveat: As mentioned by a previous reviewer, a suggested gratuity of 18% is ALREADY INCLUDED on the check, with a tip line for anything additional you might want to add. The staff was attentive and our food came out pretty fast, so it was definitely worth it.
Pros: Great food, clean, pleasant decor, with good neighborhood vibe - great value
Cons: decent handful of wines, but a full bar would have been nice.