Breaking for the 4th, Back Saturday

deerWed. July 2 to Fri. July 4

Carmen’s takes a breather—

We’ll be back on Sat. & Sun. – Jul. 5 & 6
So this week we are all chillin’, getting ready to pick up the post-holiday slack. We are closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, but will be back Saturday and Sunday 9-4 to prepare fresh, tasty, and delectable food for you.

PestoWhat is Pesto?
We make so many, and often NOT with basil
While traditional pesto is made from basil, garlic, olive oil, pine nuts and Parmesan, it doesn’t have to be that way. The word comes from pestle, and means anything that’s pounded, as in, a green sauce for pasta, meat, fish or whatever.

Here at Carmen’s we often use arugula, mint, parsley, and cilantro in addition to basil.

Organic BasilHoly Basil, Batman!
Our favorite herb The wonderfully spicy fragrance of basil tells us that summer is really here. Some of the best meals I’ve had are a sunripe tmoato, some fresh mozarrella, and a sprig of basil.

We just picked four pounds of this wonderful gem, so look for organic garden fresh basil surprises on this weekend’s menu

Breaking News: Basil Pickfest!
Bounteous basil buffet bounces billings at boffo bistro

Another amazing menu turns culinary world on its ear!
Get ready to rock your weekend at Carmen’s

CubanoCubanos just won’t be the same again…

Cubanos are best made on a flat topped panini press, like the new one we just installed. The double sided grilling melts the cheese fast, before burning the roll. This gives a pleasant, subtly crispy surface. The interplay of juicy and crispy and succulent and tangy goes a long way towards justifying their title of The Greatest Sandwich Ever Eaten On The Face Of The Earth, according to an independent polling company headquartered at 198 First Street, Troy.

Featured Artist-Francelise DawkinsFeatured Artist:

Francelise Dawkins

Thru September
Look for the reception at the end of July.
When you buy art at Carmen’s, all proceeds go to the artist

For Lunch: Cuban-Spanish-American Cuisine in a Bistro Setting


Half Garden Salad Baby mixed greens w/cherry tomatoes, sliced onion & slivers of avocado 5

Whole Garden All the same fresh veggies, just… bigger 9


Flamenco Chorizo Stew with peppers, onions and potatoes in a spicy tomato broth; served with a Portuguese roll 8

Veggie Flamenco Same as regular but made with lentils; served with Portuguese roll 8

Cuban Favorites

Picadillo Ground beef sautéed with olives, capers, raisins and peppers; served with rice and beans and plantains 9

Empandas Meat or veggie—fried pockets filled with seasoned meat or grilled veggies 1 for 3.5, 2 for 6.5

Two, served with choice of rice & beans, plantains or salad 8


All served with potato wedges and house made Brussels sprouts cole slaw

Cubano Roasted pork, ham, swiss cheese, pickle and mustard on a
Portuguese roll 8

Burger with lettuce, tomato and onions 8
options: bacon, cheese, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms 1 each

Chicken BLAT Marinated & grilled, with bacon, lettuce, avocado, and tomato on a Portuguese roll 9


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Our Hours: Wednesday, Thursday:  11-6 • Friday:  11-10 • Saturday & Sunday:  9-4
Free Local Delivery Weekdays w/ $15 Minimum

—Check out our specials!

Chicken B.L.A.TSandwiches

Braised Chicken w/ cherry compote on ciabatta

Grilled Cheese Wensleydale & ham light and fluffy!

Plus the regular suspects


See our full menu

Cleanse your palate– build your body right with Carmen’s half and whole Garden Salads


Why wait for the weekend? Get real food, real good, and get it now!

Ribs! Roasted pork spareribs, sweet & juicy & falling off the bone

Mac-N-Cheese With Avocado & Roasted Red Pepper—Options: Bacon, Chorizo, or Plantains

There’s always the Cubano with real Pan Cubano! Starting with Pan Cubano, authentic Cuban bread, or Media Noche– a bit sweeter, just as tasty

New DishKasha and Eggs w/ Caramelized Onions & Avocado

Blackberry & Chocolate Mousse Available on Pancakes & French Toast all weekend long. Rich dark chocolate, fresh raspberries—do we know a decadent breakfast or what?

Soups! Get a cup or a bowl

Corn Chowder—Vegan!  w/ roasted poblanos

Hearty Veggie Stew—Vegan! White Beans & Seasonal Veggies

Cuban Favorites

Flamenco—yes, our favorite egg dish starts with a stew! And it’s great as a stew without the eggs. Available w/ chorizo or vegan

Cubano Sandwich—Ham, Pork, Swiss, Pickle and Mustard on Pan Cubano bread

Bob GullieFeatured Artist

Robert Gullie—He’s also showing at The Foundry in Cohoes thru April 13

Remember, when you buy art at Carmen’s, all the money goes to the artist.

SpringSpring starts Thursday!

Cuban Celebration: Wednesday Feb. 5 from 1-3

Cuban Celebration:

Wednesday Feb. 5 from 1-3
Featuring tastes of our new products:

Fentiman’s Botanical Sodas

Cuban Bread from Papito’s Bakery

New Tapas Samples

Celebrate our expanded hours:
Wednesday, Thursday: 11-6
Friday: 11-10
Saturday & Sunday: 9-4
Free Weekday Delivery to Downtown Troy w/ $15 Minimum

Cuban Bread

Cuban Bread
straight from the source
We are now importing Pan Cubano, made the Cuban way, all the way from the source— Papita’s Cuban Bakery in New Jersey’s Little Havana! We drove down specifically to get these beauties, and we’ll be bringing them in fresh twice a week so our flavors are more authentic.

The little ones are Media Noches (middle of the night), a sweeter bread, more like Challah, but just as tasty!


Tapas Samples!
Try tastes of our famous tapas— we’ll have Jamon Serrano, Marinated Manchego with Marcona Almonds, fine cheeses and fresh fruits. We’ll pass out sips of Sangria and our fruit soft drinks!

Fentiman's Sodas

Fentiman’s Sodas
Imported from England, these botanical soft drinks feature complex combinations of flavors, distilled and fermented from herbs and spices.

Reduced sugar, eminently satisfying, they are a delicious alternative to mass-market soft drinks.


Cleanse your palate– build your body right
with Carmen’s half and whole Garden Salads

Chicken B.L.A.T

All w/ our own cole slaw:
Cubano– star of the show!
Sliders– Cuban burgers w/caramelized onions
Black Bean Burger– fresh and tasty, vegetarian, w/ lettuce, onion, & tomato on artisan roll
Cuban Roast Beef– marinated in seasoned herbs, roasted to perfection
Grilled Cheese– on artisan bread, w/ zucchini, caramelized onions and our own fresh jalapeño jelly

Vegetarian Huevos Flamenco

Vegetarian Huevos Flamenco

All home made and tasty

Flamenco– yes, our favorite egg dish starts with a stew! And it’s still great without the eggs. Available w/ chorizo or vegan
Tomato Basil Bisque– creamy and delicious
Chicken Noodle– Cuban style w/ tomato broth and cilantro
Caldo Gallego– Cuban beans & greens w/ chorizo


with real Pan Cubano!
We have always built great Cubanos, now they are even better! We start with Pan Cubano, authentic Cuban bread (or a Media Noche if you prefer, a bit sweeter and just as delicious.

We layer it with Pork, Ham, Swiss Cheese, and Pickles, add a dab of Mustard and wow, what a flavor!


What’s Carmen’s without Flan for dessert? What a great way to top off a meal


Cuban Valentine’s with
Mundo Nuevo!
Next Friday, Feb. 14. Reserve early for this heartful evening with our favorite musicians


~ Full Tapas Menu Here ~

~ Full Breakfast Menu Here ~

~ Full Lunch Menu Here ~

We’ve come up with some great new dishes— check out the pictures below.
In addition to these, we have a new recipe for Hot Spiced Cider, perfect for taking off the chill, and all our usual taste delights. Sample our Wine Cocktails: Bloody Marys, Cosmopolitans and Mimosas. Perfect for a light sip while keeping a clear head for the day!

Vegan Huevos Flamenco

Eggnog French Toast

Eggnog French Toast
In the Holiday Spirit
Our delightful French Toast made with Amazing Eggnog (the favorite of our Holiday Party!) Get it with bacon for the perfect sweet-salty combo!

We bring you the best and the freshest!
We take special delight in surprising you with amazing food.
Just ask our servers, we always have goodies for our vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free friends.

House-cured Smoked Bacon

Fresh Bacon
We cure, smoke and slice our bacon, fresh for you. Chorizo sausage too. Why? It tastes sooooooo good, and because we care.

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