Before fishermen discovered the edibility of fish, they used each catch as bait for larger species, hoping in the end to hook the biggest fish of all—friendship. Cast out your line with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Cuban seafood, steaks, and chicken at Palomilla's House, with locations in Norcross and Johns Creek.
Helmed by Cuban-born owner Elizardo Sanz, Palomilla's House prepares an extensive menu of authentic Cuban dishes. The signature house palomilla delivers Cuban culinary tradition in the form of a seasoned tenderloin steak ($15.95). A plethora of oceanic fare includes shrimp ($14.95) sautéed in your choice of flavor baths, including a specialty creole sauce or a symphony of olive oil, garlic, wine, and bell peppers. Chefs dedicated to the art of Cuban cooking lovingly fry a whole red snapper before dressing it in rice, beans, and plantains and sending it off to waiting tables ($17.95). Poultry options include the chicken milanesa—a breaded and fried filet draped with ham, melted mozzarella, and marinara sauce ($13.95).
Inside, the eatery is adorned with paintings of Cuban tableaux, and the mellifluous tunes of Cuban music decorate the air. Enhance your Cuban cultural experience by coming in on weekends, when Palomilla's House frequently hosts live music and dancing parties on Saturdays.
Palomilla's Grill House
The bold flavors of Cuba take center stage at Palomilla's Grill House. The chefs specialize in traditional Cuban recipes, from plates of crispy fried plantains to tender pork roasted in a blend of tropical juices, mojo sauce, and garlic. They incorporate a wide range of ingredients to craft whole fried red snapper to creamy flan made with a hint of coconut. Although they stick to more traditional recipes for dishes, the staff find room to experiment more behind the bar and their in-home chemistry labs. Bartenders mix together six styles of mojitos using the restaurant's signature homemade mojito mix and a variety of Caribbean rums. These drinks help give guests the courage necessary to hit the dance floor during live music showcases on the weekend.