Reviewer Tricia Childress of Creative Loafing is rooting for the success of Las Palmas Restaurant. “Why do I want Las Palmas to stick? I could say culinary diversity is essential and we all benefit from this quirky, melting pot, Colombian-Cuban, simple and straightforward concept,” she muses. “My palate, though, would say their Cuban sandwich rocks.” After purchasing this primarily Colombian eatery, Cuba native George Escobar decided to draw diners in with familiar Coombian steaks and sauces while shaking things up with rich Cuban dishes of pork and plantains. The bilingual staff doles out ceviche and pork frittatas amid faux shutters and decorative cigars in the 45-seat eatery as two overhead TVs showcase soccer matches or broadcast cryptic clues about where to find the legendary gold-stuffed empanada.
Today’s Groupon is muddled with tropical taste, splashed with foreign flavors, and garnished with Latin locomotion. For $15, you’ll get $35 worth of scrumptious Cuban cuisine at Havana Café, an authentic eatery praised by the Phoenix New Times as the best Latin bistro. Redeem your Groupon at one of three locations.
Havana Comina Latina's servers dish out colorfully plated meals crafted from all-natural meats, seasonal produce, organic breads, and house-made sauces. Rev up human food processors with a starter of arepas con queso--two corn patties drizzled in queso blanco--or high-five taste buds with lime-infused tilapia and shrimp swimming in tomato and red onion ceviche. Diners may send muffled radio transmissions from a deep-fried coconut wrap enclosed around marinated pork and mango salsa or slice knives through a red-wine peppered steak, eight ounces of beef tenderloin rubbed with chimichurri sauce and cracked peppercorn on a bed of potatoes and peppers.