With its ever-changing coordinates and conspicuous absence from the Beach Boys's "Kokomo," Cuba is one of the more difficult Caribbean nations to locate. Dig into this enigma with fork, knife, and today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of bona fide Cuban fare at Café Rio Blanco in Aiken, South Carolina.
The family-run establishment features the exotic ingredients and flavors found in many a Cuban kitchen, served up buffet-style Surprises come daily on the specials menu (starting at $8.95), which features dishes served with rice, black beans, and a choice between crispy yuca fries or sweet fried plantains. Skirt the decades-old travel embargo and visit Cuba by land and sea with the traditional seafood and steak dinner entree that comes with delightful flourishes such as chimichurri garlic sauce ($23).
Paella dish is only available by reservation, on Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. or 7:45 p.m. Please specify if you want this dish when you make the reservation (minimum of two people required).
- This is the BEST Cuban restaurant between Virginia and Miami. Period. Not fancy. Yes, paper plates. But the food is truly authentic and truly excellent. – Faros, TripAdvisor
- Orlando and his family make it feel like you belong there and the food is fresh and the coffee is wonderful. – Gerry, Yahoo! Local
148 Laurens St. SW
Aiken, South Carolina 29801