Bringing the Flavors of the Island to the Smoky Mountain State

Chattanooga’s Finest Cuban Cuisine

Are you looking for a way to spice up date night? Do you desperately need to impress your in-laws when they come into town? Whatever the occasion might be, one of the easiest ways to someone’s heart is through food that will warm their soul and blow their mind. At El Embargo, we are focused on offering top-tier Cuban cuisine that utilizes the flavors and ingredients of our native island. If you live in or around the Chattanooga, TN, area, come and dine with us to see what you’ve been missing and all of the quality dishes that you have to look forward to.

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Starter

Starters

$13

Ceviche* gf

Popular in the coastal regions of Latin America, made from fresh raw fish that has been cured in citrus juices in a blend of spices and red onions.

$8

Empanadas

Classic Cuban turnovers with choice of picadillo (traditional ground beef filling) or cheese served with our famous Embargo '62 sauce 3 per order.

$13

Island Mussels* gf

Mediterranean black mussels prepared in a savory island white wine sauce.

$5

Mariquitas Con Mojo v|gf

Golden slivers of fried green plantains served with a garlic mojo dipping sauce.

$5

Yucca Fries v|gf

A traditional starchy root vegetable made into fries and served with a creamy aioli dipping sauce.

$6.50

Masitas de Puerco gf

Marinated fried pork chunks served with sautéed onions and lime wedges.

$16

Cuban Sampler

Our showcase includes Masitas de Puerto frita (Marinated Fried Pork Chunks), Beef Empanada with our famous Embargo '62 sauce, Yucca Fries with a creamy aioli, two Ham Croquettas.

$5

Croquetas

Three breaded creamy béchamel and ham blended croquettas served with pickles and saltine crackers.

$12

Tostones Nachos v|gf

Twice-fried green plantains smothered with Monterey Jack cheese, black beans, house-made pico de gallo, sour cream Choose from chicken, pork, or vegetarian.

Starter

Sandwiches (served pressed)

$11.50

Pan Con Bistec(Steak Sandwich)*

Cuban Steak Sandwich Thin sliced marinated top sirloin, caramelized onions, potato sticks on authentic Cuban bread.

$11

Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Island marinated chicken breast, caramelized onions, potato sticks on authentic Cuban bread.

$10

Cuban Sandwich

A truly authentic Cuban classic. Roast pork, ham, Swiss pickles, mustard on authentic Cuban bread.

$9

Elena Ruz

Named for a Cuban socialite who frequented an all night diner in 1930’s Havana. Roast turkey, cream cheese, and strawberry jam on Cuban bread.

$9

Classic Miami

The Cuban version of a club sandwich. Roast turkey, ham, swiss cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato on authentic Cuban bread.

$8.50

Pan Con Lechon (Pork Sandwich)

The typical Cuban pork sandwich. Mojo marinated slow roasted pork, Spanish onions on authentic Cuban bread.

$10

Pork Belly Cheeseburger *

A Cuban twist on a classic American Burger, our half pound blend of sirloin and pork belly, topped with Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickle on a potato bun.

$12

Guava Bacon Cheeseburger*

Half-pound blend of sirloin and pork belly topped with bacon, Swiss cheese, and guava on a potato bun.

$8.50

Mango Habanero Bbq Pork Sandwich

Slow roasted pork tossed in a mango bbq sauce with caramelized onions, crispy potatoes, and dill pickles.

Rice with Shrimps

Entrees (choice of two sides)

$13

Lechon (Pork)gf

In house oven roasted mojo marinated pork shoulder.

$14

Camarones (Shrimp) gf

Australian caught, phosphate free jumbo shrimp. Choose sauce: Enchilados- a savory island red wine tomato sauce OR Al Ajillo- a garlic butter white wine sauce.

$13.50

Palomilla (Steak)* gf

Marinated top sirloin pounded thin and topped with chopped raw onion and parsley.

$14

Pollo a La Plancha (Chicken) gf

Island marinated chicken breast, caramelized onions.

$13.50

Ropa Vieja gf

Shredded beef in our tomato based sauce w/peppers and Spanish onions.

$15.50

Braised Beef Oxtail gf

With a texture and flavor closely resembling a short rib, it is a favorite among Cubans. The tail is chopped into pieces and then pan roasted in red wine till fall off-the-bone tender.

$19

Pork Chop gf

Thick cut mojo marinated pork chop.

$13

Island Marinated Roasted Chicken gf

Island marinated overnight and slow roasted half chicken.

$16

Salmon gf

Grilled Salmon in a teriyaki glaze OR lemon pepper seasoning topped with a grilled pineapple.

$13

Veggie Pasta v

Zucchini, squash, tomatoes, mushroom, broccoli in a savory red wine tomato sauce.

$19

Shrimp Pasta

Jumbo shrimp sautéed in a garlic butter white wine sauce with angel hair pasta.

$15

Santiago Pasta

Blackened chicken, red pepper, savory alfredo sauce.

*Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, eggs or unpasteurized milk may increase your risk of foodborne illness.

Sides

$4

BLACK BEANS gf

$3

WHITE RICE v

$4

SWEET PLANTAINS v|gf

$4

CONGRI

(Black bean and rice blend)

$4

HAND CUT FRIES v

$4

YELLOW RICE

$4

SAUTÉED VEGETABLES v|gf

$4

CUBAN TOAST

$4

YUCCA MASH v|gf

$7

TOSTONES v|gf

Salads

$5

SEASONAL GARDEN SALAD v

$6

CLASSIC CAESAR v

$4

ADD CHICKEN gf

$5

ADD SHRIMP gf

Soups

$5.5

CHICKEN NOODLE

$4.50

BLACK BEAN

Desserts

$6

FLAN

$5

GUAVA & CHEESE TURNOVERS

$6

CHURROS

Kids Menu $6

Served with 1 side item

Cuban

Kids Grilled Cheese, Kids Classic Miami

Brunch

Brunch On The Shore

$8

Breakfast Empanadas 

Two Classic Cuban Turnovers filled with Eggs, Ham, Cheese, Tomato, and Onions, Creamy Chipotle Sauce.

$7

Americano

Two Eggs, Bacon, Home Fries, Cuban Toast.

$12.50

Brittany Benedict

Cuban bread, Picadillo (cuban styled ground beef), Poached Egg, Caramelized Onions, Tomato Hollandaise, Potato Sticks.

$8

Cuban Sloppy Joe

Ropa Vieja (Shredded beef in our tomato based sauce w/ peppers and Spanish onions). Over Medium Eggs, Potato Sticks, Mexican Cream, on Cuban Bread.

$12

Chorizo Mi Burrito

Flour Tortilla, Eggs, Chorizo, Sauteed Potatoes, Onions, Cheese, Creamy Chipotle Sauce, Served with Plantain Chips.

$7

Big Kids Pancake

One Large Pancake topped with choice of Guava Fruit Jam or Caramel with Coconut Shavings, topped Whipped Cream.

$10.50

Bistec Al Caballo

Thinly Sliced Top Sirloin, Two Fried Eggs, White Rice, Sweet Plantains.

$12

Torrejas

Crispy Cuban French Toast, House Made Anise Syrup, Vanilla Ice Cream.

$8

Cuban Breakfast

Two Eggs, Cuban Toast, Two Croquettas, Congri (black beans & rice).

$13

Brunch Burger

Our Half Pound Blend of Sirloin and Pork Belly, Topped with American Cheese, Over Medium Egg, Bacon.

$10

Lechon Biscuits n Gravy

Two Biscuits, Lechon (Pork) and Chorizo Gravy, Topped with Two Over Medium Eggs.

Cocktail

Brunch Cocktails

$8

TĂş Bloody Maria

Gin, Vodka, or Rum

$7

BEST SANGRIA IN CHATTANOOGA (Special w/ Brunch Purchase)

$7

BIKINI MIMOSA (Almost Bottomless) (Special w/ Brunch Purchase)

$8

Morning After

Citrus Ale Beer, Ginger Beer, Lemon Juice, Grapefruit Juice, Orange Juice.

$7

The Sweet Cubana

Sparking Wine, Black Raspberry Liquor, Mint Leaf.

$8

Not Abuela's Cafe

The only way to have coffee in the morning. Red Eye Coffee Infused Rye Whiskey, Kahlua, Cuban Espresso.

Satisfy Your Cravings With Us Today!

Food is the zest of life, so what you eat is important to us. If you’re ready to try any of the amazing Cuban cuisine offerings on our full menu, come and visit us at El Embargo. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday or searching for a new destination for family dinner, we’re here to welcome you with open arms. Call us today to inquire about our current menu specials.

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