Like birthday cakes, Caribbean plantains are used to basking beneath fiery light sources. Feast on equatorial eats with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Cuban fare at Papi's Cuban & Caribbean Grill. This Groupon is valid at locations in Atlanta, Kennesaw, Lawrenceville, and Stockbridge.
Voted Best Cuban in 2010 and 2011 by readers of Creative Loafing Atlanta, Papi's Cuban & Caribbean Grill acclimates palates to tropical tastes with a menu of authentic sandwiches, salads, and specialty dishes. Brought to America in a harrowing tale of escape from oppression, Papi's signature sauce now trickles beneath layers of smoked pork, ham, swiss cheese, and dill pickles on the cuban sandwich ($5.99). Javelins of spiced poultry stick into the jerk chicken salad's field of lettuce, tomatoes, and onions ($5.99). Grill flames and butter engulf Papi's vegetarian platter, which shares plate space with white or yellow rice, plantains, black beans, and disassembled maracas ($7.25).
Referencing family dessert recipes, the kitchen staff dollops meringue atop the tres leches sponge cake ($4.25), which diners can wash down with glasses of wine ($4.25) or the cuban milk shake's blend of mango, guanabana, and papaya pulps ($3.50). As the sun falls out of the sky on Fridays and Saturdays, live salsa music populates the dining room with toe-tapping beats and digestion-aiding rhythms.
Papi's Cuban & Caribbean Grill
With churrasco steaks, grilled red-snapper fillets, and shredded flank steaks rubbed with Cuban spices, it's hard to tell which dish earned Papi's Cuban & Caribbean Grill the tile of Best Cuban fare in 2010 and 2011 from the readers of Creative Loafing Atlanta. It could have been owner Rey Regalado’s recipe for pork marinade passed on from his father. Brought to America in a harrowing tale of escape from oppression, the signature sauce now trickles beneath layers of smoked pork, ham, swiss cheese, and dill pickles on the cuban sandwich or traditional masitas de puerco made with tender cubed pork. Selecting from a stash of family recipes, chefs fill plates with bold flavors and cap meals with such sweet treats as coconut flan and rice pudding. As the sun falls out of the sky on Fridays and Saturdays, live salsa music populates the dining room with toe-tapping beats and digestion-aiding rhythms.