Cuban Restaurants in Monroe

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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.

911 Duluth Hwy
Lawrenceville,
GA
US

• For $30, you get your choice of prix fixe dinner for two (up to a $70 value). • For $5, you get $10 worth of Cuban cuisine and drinks at lunch.

5075 Peachtree Pkwy
Norcross,
GA
US

Mojito Cafe's kitchen erupts in energy as chefs sizzle steaks, grill fish, and blanket chicken in cheese to fill a vivacious menu of Cuban cuisine. The Mojito Sensation platter's skirt steak, baby churrasco, chicken filet, and shrimp ($18.99) lets dates stage fork-tine battles over a shared plate, and a Cuban sandwich's grilled cuban bread firmly grasps a pile of ham, swiss cheese, and sliced roast pork for easy plate-to-mouth travel ($7.99). On the seafood menu, grilled fish filet and a small school of shrimp perfect their backstroke in a garlic, wine, and parsley cream pool ($17.99). Diners can challenge the chicken milanesa plate to a game of hide-and-seek, as breaded chicken filet stealthily hides under a spanish marinade and blanket of gooey mozzarella cheese ($11.99).

9850 Nesbit Ferry Rd
Alpharetta,
GA
US

Today’s Groupon is muddled with tropical taste, splashed with foreign flavors, and garnished with Latin locomotion. For $20, you get $40 worth of scrumptious Cuban cuisine at Mojito, a fine-dining restaurant tucked inside the Hotel Midtown. Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.

125 10th St NE
Atlanta,
GA
US

Chef Hector Santiago not only sports a degree from the Culinary Institute of America, he was also a contestant on Bravo's Top Chef Las Vegas. A Puerto Rico native, Santiago inflects the traditional share plate with Latin American and contemporary American accents.

656 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta,
GA
US