A plantain makes a serviceable boomerang, a convincing concealed gun during bank heists, and—if sprinkled with anemones—a fun companion for a lonely clown fish. Discover some of the tropical fruit's other uses with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of exotic fare and drinks at Papi's Cuban & Caribbean Grill. Your Groupon is valid at all four locations in Lawrenceville, Kennesaw, Stockbridge, and Midtown Atlanta. Voted Best Cuban in 2010 by Creative Loafing Atlanta, Papi's Cuban & Caribbean Grill skirts the embargo with a menu of sandwiches, wraps, salads, tropical drinks, and fresh-made traditional desserts, such as coconut flan and tres leches cake. As live music snake-charms your slithery hips on Friday and Saturday nights, pair the media noche sandwich—smoked pork, ham, Swiss cheese, dill pickles, mustard, and mayonnaise nestled between two pieces of sweet bread ($5.25)—with a side of crispy tostones ($2.25). Papi's vegetarian platter, part of the authentic restaurant's vegetarian menu, teems with grilled buttery vegetables in mojo sauce served on a soft bed of rice with plantains and black beans ($7.25).
Papi's Cuban & Caribbean Grill was named one of the great sandwich shops by Access Atlanta. Citysearchers give the Midtown location a 4.5 star average. Eighty-one percent of Urbanspooners recommend the Kennesaw location. Yelpers give the Stockbridge location a four-star average, while four Yelpers give the Lawrenceville location a 3.5 star average.
- The East Cuban-style Cuban sandwich from Papi's on Ponce differs…it's piled with shredded pork that's been marinated and smoked. But it's still topped with the usual ham, Swiss cheese, dill pickles, mustard and mayonnaise, (plus a dash of mojo sauce), then pressed between slices of fresh Cuban bread, and served warm. The result is a delightful blend of deli and barbecue flavors. – Access Atlanta
Papi's Cuban & Caribbean Grill
With churrasco steaks, grilled red-snapper fillets, and shredded flank steaks rubbed with Cuban spices, it's hard to tell which dish earned Papi's Cuban & Caribbean Grill the tile of Best Cuban fare in 2010 and 2011 from the readers of Creative Loafing Atlanta. It could have been owner Rey Regalado’s recipe for pork marinade passed on from his father. Brought to America in a harrowing tale of escape from oppression, the signature sauce now trickles beneath layers of smoked pork, ham, swiss cheese, and dill pickles on the cuban sandwich or traditional masitas de puerco made with tender cubed pork. Selecting from a stash of family recipes, chefs fill plates with bold flavors and cap meals with such sweet treats as coconut flan and rice pudding. As the sun falls out of the sky on Fridays and Saturdays, live salsa music populates the dining room with toe-tapping beats and digestion-aiding rhythms.