707 Chestnut St.
Phone: (215) 925-5555; website
Rosa Blanca, the new Cuban diner from Jose Garces that replaced Chifa, opened its doors bright and early this morning. In true diner fashion, the spot is serving breakfast all day in addition to lunch and dinner. Weekday business hours are 7 a.m. to midnight; on Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.
On the breakfast menu, you'll find Cuban coffee, a selection of juices and nectars, guava and cheese pastries, heartier fare like vaca frita and eggs, and a Cuban take on diner-standard "two eggs any style" (choose accompaniments like plantains, arepas, chicharron, and plenty more). Lunch includes sandwiches (a classic Cubano, of course, as well as an all-turkey version), small plates, and traditional entrees with a long list of sides to choose from; dinner adds family-style specials that change daily.
It's a given that a Cuban diner would offer some great shakes and smoothies, from classic vanilla milkshakes to the poetically-named morir sonando (a frothy combo of orange juice and milk) to batido de trigo, made with puffed wheat cereal. There's even a malta float on the dessert menu, with dulce de leche ice cream and caramel corn.
There's also a full bar, the highlight of which is sure to be the list of over 70 rums, ranging in price from $7-$31 for a two-ounce pour. An even better choice to explore the list are rum flights, which will let you try a trio of one-ounce pours across a few different categories. Of course there are also mojitos, cuba libres, and plenty of other cocktails, plus wine and beer.