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.
Pan American Bakery in Atlanta is one of the better-priced bakeries in the area, featuring a deeply flavorful menu that won't cost a fortune. Whether you are stopping in for the excellent quality, lightning-fast service, or both, you will never leave this restaurant unsatisfied.
There's no particular required attire, so feel free to dress comfortably. Also, though the overall price can be a bit on the low side, you won't be sacrificing any quality. In fact, you should be able to enjoy a good meal for $11 or $12, and can probably get in and out for $8 if you try.
Upon arrival, see if you can try the cheese, the bread, or the sandwich, as each one will impress. You'll be glad you did!
A highly-regarded option for lunch, a visit to Pan American Bakery is definitely worthwhile. Its owner is known to be "nice." Don't worry about trying to find a spot on the street, as visitors to the restaurant do have access to a private parking lot nearby.
For a quick Mexican meal, La Fonda Latina is a go-to option.
None of the fare at La Fonda Latina is low-fat, so you'll have to put the diet aside for a visit here.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — La Fonda Latina has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at La Fonda Latina.
At La Fonda Latina, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm.
La Fonda Latina tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
Or, take your grub to-go.
Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near La Fonda Latina.
Leave your piggy bank at home! With prices under $15, you can eat at La Fonda Latina for next to nothing.
You can stop by at almost any time, since La Fonda Latina offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
A true taste of the world, delicious Cuban fare can be found at Havana Restaurant.
Low-fat foods are not on the menu at Havana Restaurant, though, so plan to indulge a bit.
Bring the whole family to Havana Restaurant, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at Havana Restaurant.
Long guest list? Not a problem at Havana Restaurant, where big parties will find plenty of room to spread out in comfort.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Havana Restaurant is come-as-you-are.
Or, take your food to-go.
Havana Restaurant can also cater your next party; call today for details.
If you're driving, be sure to take advantage of the nearby lot.
Prices at Havana Restaurant are a bargain (usually less than $15 for a meal), so you'll have plenty of cash left over to treat a friend (or two).
For savory plates of traditional Cuban food, dine at Little Cuba.
Don't expect to find any low-fat fare on Little Cuba's menu — you'll need to be prepared to indulge a bit.
Little Cuba is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Little Cuba can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Or, take your grub to-go.
For convenience, diners can park in a neighboring lot.
There's no need to bust your budget at Little Cuba, with most meals costing under $15.
Morning, noon, or night, you can head on over to Little Cuba since they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Coco Cabana brings a taste of Cuba to Tucker with a varied selection of sandwiches and other finger-friendly eats. The restaurant boasts an especially lengthy list of tapas, including fried calamari, stuffed zucchini, and a creation called El Cubanito: roast pork, Serrano ham, pickles, and cheese, all brought together with spicy mustard and Cuban bread. Visitors can also wrap their hands or surgically attached panini presses around sandwiches, such as fried tilapia with sautéed onions and breaded chicken breast with tomato sauce.