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Cuban Restaurants in North Carolina...?

foodtraveler Aug 11, 2006 10:29 PM

Does anyone know of a good Cuban place in NC?

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    amybsloane Jun 12, 2009 11:18 AM

    There's a great one in Salisbury, NC - of all places! I was there for work a few weeks ago - and found out about it online - it was great!
    Mambo Grill
    Address: 235 Faith Road, Salisbury, NC 28147
    Phone: 7046370191|
    Description: Mambo Grill is tucked into the strip beside Food Lion on Faith Road off of Exit 76 in Salisbury, NC. This small family friendly spot serves Cuban food. Serving lunch & dinner- with beef, chicken & pork dishes with rice, beans & fried plantains that are all excellent. Serving breakfast as well, with the best coffee available in Salisbury- its called a Colada.

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      rockycat Jun 13, 2009 08:28 AM

      <the best coffee available in Salisbury- its called a Colada.>

      Do you mean a "cortado?" That's how it's generally referred to in Cuba. And, as far as I'm concerned, it's a tough decision which is a better use of coffee - the Cuban cortado or Vietnamese cafe sua da. Both are wicked awesome.

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      boaviagem May 18, 2009 12:18 PM

      Havana Restaurant in Asheville is very good. We've been there on two trips to Asheville.

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        Leepa May 18, 2009 08:05 PM

        I was just about to suggest Havana. Good food.

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          Spreadhead May 19, 2009 08:14 PM

          They just revamped the wine list. Major upgarde in that area.

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        Hapy Jan 2, 2009 08:21 PM

        there is a new cuban restaurat that just opened, it is called "A Piece of Havana" in Charlotte. I went there and it is very good. It is located in South Tryon and Moss Road, the owners are cuban they moved from south FL

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          fara Nov 4, 2006 01:07 AM

          There's one opening on E. Franklin St in Chapel Hill near Elliott rd.

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            Andy Sep 23, 2006 11:03 AM

            If you are up in Richmond, Try Havana 59-- HAS the BEST cuban sandwich..almost as good as something I had in Miami...
            Great restaurant in Shockoe Bottom section of Richmond.

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              joshuahmel Aug 14, 2006 09:01 PM

              Bolero Cafe is on Market Street in Wilmington. Never been, but it looks good and gets great reviews.

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                Andiereid Nov 3, 2006 04:50 PM

                Bolero Cafe is excellent. Great food and decent, cheap mojitos.

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                  brentk Aug 12, 2006 02:34 PM

                  Taste of Havana in Charlotte is OK.

                  A few years ago, there was a place in Charlotte I liked a lot better but it is long gone and I cannot remember its name.

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                    jlwnc Nov 3, 2006 08:55 PM

                    I like Taste of Havana, but avoid it on weekends. The live music was more annoying than enjoyable as it was too loud.

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                      lynnlato May 19, 2009 06:10 PM

                      Carlo's Cafe in Rock Hill was good, but sadly is no more.

                      I remember a place called La Gran Havana in Charlotte. Again, it also closed.

                      I liked the media noche at A Piece of Havana. And I thought there empanadas were good also. Here's a link to their website: http://www.apieceofhavana.com/

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                        foodiesleuth Aug 4, 2009 03:37 PM

                        Carlos Cafe in Rock Hill is open. It was bought by a Cuban woman named Flor and her Italian husband Joe. Unfortunately, we haven't had a chance to try it yet

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                          foodiesleuth Aug 4, 2009 03:41 PM

                          Carlos Cafe in Rock Hill is open under new management. A Cuban woman from Pinar del Rio (Flor) and her Italian husband Joe bought it. We haven't had a chance to try it yet.

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                        HeelsSoxHound Aug 12, 2006 12:54 PM

                        yeah, i'd have to agree. any cuban restaurant that can't do a cubano sandwich properly probably isn't worth a visit. carmen's certainly fits that bill, unfortunately.

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                          Tom M of Durham NC Aug 12, 2006 04:24 PM

                          Count me as another who isn't thrilled with Carmen's. I learned this food in NYC where there are literally hundreds of places that make to-die-for chicharonnes de pollo, fried pork chop, Cubano sandwiches, etc. Carmen's falls far short. I've just learned to make these dishes for myself.

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                            Nab Aug 13, 2006 12:12 AM

                            For me, half of the cubano's charm is in the bread, which is non-existent in the Triangle as far as I know. Having said that, using NC-style pulled pork can actually make a pretty darn good cubano I've learned.

                            Carmen's is okay, not great. If you've got a hankering, that's where you go (or havanna jax) since there seems to only be about 2 options in the area.

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                              veganhater May 19, 2009 08:40 PM

                              Is Carmen's the place in a small strip across from a larger mall? If it's the place I'm thinking about, half is a bar/dance floor and the other is a dining room. It's been a while, but I did have good ceviche and cocktails at what I think is Carmen's.

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                                foodiesleuth Aug 4, 2009 03:39 PM

                                We had a good meal at Carmen's. Maybe it was that we didn't order the sandwich Cubano....the flan was to die for...mine is good, but what we had there was better

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                          rockycat Aug 12, 2006 03:30 AM

                          There's also Havana Jax on Capcom Blvd. in Wake Forest. I can't say I can really recommend either, though. Some of the best cafe cubano I've had is made by the owner of the printing shop I use.

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                            walras Aug 12, 2006 01:17 AM

                            Carmen's, off Airport Blvd on the access road at the outlet mall in Morrisville, 100 yards off I-40, RDU Exit. See http://www.carmenscubancafe.com/

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