At Mambo Grill & Tapas, precise preparation is just as essential to the bar's mojitos as it is to the kitchen's slow-cooked pork. The staff rejects premade sour mix in favor of their own tangy formula, and squeezes the lime juice onsite instead of simply shopping for lemonade and dyeing it green. The resulting citrusy sips pair well with the venue's Cuban entrees. From plantains stuffed with picadillo—ground beef, veggies, and potatoes cooked in housemade tomato sauce—to hand-cut beef fillets and pan-seared salmon, these dishes display a mastery of the balance between spice and sauce.
Havana Grill dishes out authentic Cuban food such as crispy yuca fritas, roasted-pork sandwiches, and creamy tres leches cake as well as sangria and mojitos, which are made from scratch. Priding themselves on their family-friendly vibe, they host events on their heated outdoor patio that are good for all ages, including karaoke and Zumba fitness classes. They also host salsa-dancing sessions and were voted one of the Triangle’s best places to salsa dance by Independent Weekly readers.