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Cha Cha Cha Gets Tastebuds Dancing

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Recently we had an urge to head out to eat somewhere fun--not necessarily somewhere the wait staff does dance routines en masse at scheduled intervals, or where patrons stand on tables knocking back sake bombs, but just somewhere interesting and vibrant. Maybe not new to the world of dining but new to us. Our wish was met through dinner at one of the original locations of the contemporary Caribbean restaurant Cha Cha Cha in Silverlake. The restaurant is a sort of shack-like structure, set on the corner of Virgil and Melrose where the Los Feliz area blends into Silverlake. It's a quirky little intersection, more about business than pleasure, and not a likely spot for a thriving restaurant--one that's been in business there since 1986. In 2003 the current owners took over, and took it upon themselves to open up a West Hollywood location, too. Inside the restaurant are brightly painted walls, energetic Latin music, eclectic decor (Jesus, plastic banana lights, fake birds), cozy tables complete with prayer candles and vibrant tablecloths--the color and feel of the fabric pictured above. (Okay, busted--we forgot our camera! And the Internets were unkind in allowing us to unearth relevant photos...) The staff are friendly and fast, and our server was eager to help us make our selections, and the food quick--but not too quick--to emerge from the kitchen.