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Angela Stowell Goes to Green Lake for Cuban Food

"Now that Paseo is closed, maybe Bongos won’t be under the radar much longer."

Angela Stowell
Angela Stowell
Geoffrey Smith

Angela Stowell knows a thing or two about what makes a restaurant great. As CFO and co-owner of Ethan Stowell Restaurants, Angela oversees some of Seattle's top restaurants, including Anchovies and Olives, Bar Cotto, How to Cook a Wolf, Tavolàta, Mkt., and Red Cow. She started working in restaurants as a server at Ray’s Boathouse while she was in college, then moved on to selling wine for Triage Wines. Angela continued to expand her wine knowledge and became the Northwest Regional Manager for Domaine Select Wine Estates. She later met and married Ethan, and the rest is history.

Angela and Ethan enjoy low-key days off walking around Green Lake and then heading to Bongos Cuban Cafe for a bite:

Bongos Cuban Cafe is in this old school gas station across the street from Green Lake. It’s almost like a food truck pulled into the parking lot and set up shop. They have a little indoor seating, but the outside seating is perfect on a pretty Seattle day – especially with kids in tow. Ethan and I will stop in after a walk around Green Lake, and our oldest can play in the giant sand lot while we enjoy some pretty good Cuban food.

I always get The Desi Plate with citrus braised pork. It comes with Cuban black beans, white rice, mango agave slaw, caramelized onions, and these delicious fried sweet plantains—plenty to share with our two-year-old. Ethan is a fan of the Cuban Joe.

It’s close to home, so great for takeout in a pinch. We took a bunch of our staff there after a company softball game, and it was a hit. Now that Paseo is closed, maybe Bongos won’t be under the radar much longer. Get there before the line is out of the parking lot!

Bongos is currently closed for a short break, but will reopen on Saturday, November 22.


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