With its ever-changing coordinates and conspicuous absence from the Beach Boys' "Kokomo," Cuba is one of the more difficult to locate Caribbean nations. Dig into this enigma with a fork, knife, and today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Cuban fare and drinks at Havana South Cuban Restaurant & Bar in Buford. Owned and operated by seasoned chefs and Cuban natives, Havana South offers Atlantan taste buds and their owners authentic, traditionally prepared island cuisine. Lounge in the warm, cheerful dining room and sample a menu of hearty classics, such as the bistec palomilla, a grilled Cuban-style steak ($12.95), or the masitas de puerco, tender lean chunks of pork marinated in garlic mojo sauce ($9.95). Havana South also features salsa music and dancing on select evenings, offering competitive diners a public forum in which to twirl out any secret-ingredient-guessing disputes.
- The menu features traditional Cuban pork, chicken, beef and seafood dishes. Splurge on the paella ($22.50 lunch and dinner) for a combination of stewed pork and chicken, small shrimp, mussels in the shell, squid, tomatoes, peas and yellow rice that almost melts in your mouth. – Lori Johnston, accessAtlanta
Havana South Restaurant and Bar
At Havana South Restaurant and Bar, a conga line of authentic Cuban entrees parades out of the kitchen, transporting diners to the Caribbean with dishes such as picadillo a la Cubana and ropa vieja in criolle sauce. The chef draws on his culinary experience to populate the menu with true Cuban cuisine.
Meanwhile, drink enthusiasts can marvel at servers using guava, mango, and passion fruit to brew up refreshing batches of house-made mojitos. The tropical flavor carries over to the eatery's decor as well. A life-size painting of palm trees and domino players on the beach may fool diners into thinking that they're dining on the coast, whereas crimson-hued walls compliment heated salsa nights that are speckled throughout the eatery’s event schedule. Spanish music constantly pours from the speakers, inspiring guests to get up and dance, a practice encouraged by the staff.