Choose Between Two Options
- $6 for $12 worth of Cuban cuisine and drinks for two or more
- $18 for three Groupons, each good for $12 worth of Cuban cuisine and drinks (a $36 total value)
The menu includes ham-and-cheese empanadas ($2.15), pressed sandwiches with sweet ham, roasted pork, swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard on cuban bread ($6.75), and shrimp mofongo, a dish of green plantains mashed with garlic, butter, and extra-virgin olive oil and topped with shrimp ($9.75). Sip a tamarind smoothie ($2.75/medium) or a Cuban-style espresso with steamed evaporated milk and natural demerara sugar ($2.25).
Havana's Pilon is named for a Latin American expression that refers to a mortar and pestle, according to the Memphis Flyer. That makes sense, since the eatery's cozy interior is decorated with several mortars and pestles, and they are frequently used in the kitchen, where cooks mash green plantains with olive oil and garlic for shrimp mofongo. Other specialties include Cuban-style rotisserie chicken, tender ropa vieja, and a fried-rice recipe traditionally served in Havana's Chinatown. Owner Marialys Gonzalez and her team also blend tropical-fruit smoothies and sweeten potent Cuban-style espresso with natural demerara sugar.