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Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Las Palmeras
We lost our chance at the Pulitzer for investigative reporting when we announced earlier this year, quite wrongly, that LAS PALMERAS had closed. For once, we were glad to be wrong, because this tiny Midtown restaurant continues to serve the best home-style Cuban cooking in the city. We love the garlickymore...

We lost our chance at the Pulitzer for investigative reporting when we announced earlier this year, quite wrongly, that LAS PALMERAS had closed. For once, we were glad to be wrong, because this tiny Midtown restaurant continues to serve the best home-style Cuban cooking in the city. We love the garlicky masitas de puerco, the kinky Cuban-style fried chicken, the juicy boliche, the shredded ropa vieja and the fried yucca. Don’t expect Ricky Ricardo-style glamour. Las Palmeras couldn’t be plainer, but the patio is especially a great spot to meet friends for an inexpensive and savory meal.
368 Fifth St. 404-872-0846.

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Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Havana Sandwich Shop

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Las Palmeras
This year, we're tired of fancy-schmancy Cuban food. We've gone back to our roots in Havana and Matanzas. We've returned to decor-less LAS PALMERAS. This little Midtown cafe serves totally authentic home-style Cuban cooking without fuss. (Well, you do get a mommy-style server who doesn't tolerate badmore...
This year, we're tired of fancy-schmancy Cuban food. We've gone back to our roots in Havana and Matanzas. We've returned to decor-less LAS PALMERAS. This little Midtown cafe serves totally authentic home-style Cuban cooking without fuss. (Well, you do get a mommy-style server who doesn't tolerate bad moods.) Our favorite dish is the simple masitas de puerco - not dissimilar to the Mexican carnitas, but garlicky under a heavy mojo sauce. You want to order them with black beans and rice - cooked separately - and fried yucca (with more mojo). The Cuban-style fried chicken is also notable. There's good flan and classic guava with cream cheese for dessert. "368 Fifth St. 404-872-0846." less...

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Mambo
Cuban restaurants have prospered in our city for more than 20 years. The vast majority serve homestyle cooking. The one restaurant in town that pushes the envelope is MAMBO where chef-owner Lucy Alvarez began experimenting this year with more rococo interpretations of her native cuisine. Truth be told,more...
Cuban restaurants have prospered in our city for more than 20 years. The vast majority serve homestyle cooking. The one restaurant in town that pushes the envelope is MAMBO where chef-owner Lucy Alvarez began experimenting this year with more rococo interpretations of her native cuisine. Truth be told, we still prefer the standards - especially the squid cooked in its ink with rice, the masitas de puerco and the fabulous vaca frita - fried shredded beef that requires a side of yucca drenched in oniony mojo. Black beans and rice are killer, too. Nightly Chino-Latino specials reflect Cuba's indigenous fusion cuisine that developed after Chinese workers invaded the island. Dirt-cheap lunch specials. "1402 N. Highland Ave., 404-876-2626." less...

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
La Fonda Latina

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Las Palmeras
LAS PALMERAS is overdue the top award for its consistent serving of the city's best homestyle Cuban dishes. Dirt cheap and served by a friendly staff (including a woman with a compulsion to comment on your mood), the food is extremely popular with folks in the immediate neighborhood but deserves widermore...
LAS PALMERAS is overdue the top award for its consistent serving of the city's best homestyle Cuban dishes. Dirt cheap and served by a friendly staff (including a woman with a compulsion to comment on your mood), the food is extremely popular with folks in the immediate neighborhood but deserves wider attention. The restaurant's version of fried chicken is especially popular, but we love the masitas de puerco - chunks of roasted pork under mojo with onions. "368 5th St. 404-872-0846." less...

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Havana Sandwich Shop

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Havana Sandwich Shop

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

The Crazy Cuban
1475 Terrell Mill Road, Marietta 770-226-0021 Atlanta has several fine Cuban restaurants, from Buford Highway's Havana Sandwich Shop to Mambo in Morningside. But you'd be insane to overlook the Crazy Cuban in Marietta, which serves vibrant flavors in surprisingly serene surroundings. Savor any ofmore...
1475 Terrell Mill Road, Marietta 770-226-0021 Atlanta has several fine Cuban restaurants, from Buford Highway's Havana Sandwich Shop to Mambo in Morningside. But you'd be insane to overlook the Crazy Cuban in Marietta, which serves vibrant flavors in surprisingly serene surroundings. Savor any of the entrees that include the hand-pulled pork roasted in mojo sauce, and splurge on as many sides and appetizers as you can manage: the yucca, plantains and papitas rellenas prove especially reliable. less...

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Las Palmeras

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
La Fonda Latina - Candler Park
La Fonda Latina 1150 B Euclid Ave 404 577 8317 other location This local Cuban American chain features skillet paella, huge quesadilla healthily baked not fried, excellent grilled chicken salad along with chips - assorted dip salsa guacamole artichoke, import beer, sangria, agreeably bouncy music, kickymore...
La Fonda Latina 1150 B Euclid Ave 404 577 8317 other location This local Cuban American chain features skillet paella, huge quesadilla healthily baked not fried, excellent grilled chicken salad along with chips - assorted dip salsa guacamole artichoke, import beer, sangria, agreeably bouncy music, kicky decor, laid back service draws repeat customers. less...
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