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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Havana Sandwich Shop (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Papi's Cuban & Caribbean Grill (Featured)

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
El Super Pan Latino Sandwiches & Bar

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Havana Sandwich Shop (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Papi's Cuban & Caribbean Grill (Featured)

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Papi's Cuban & Caribbean Grill (Featured)
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Papi's Cuban & Caribbean Grill (Featured)

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Papi's Cuban & Caribbean Grill (Featured)

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Papi's Cuban & Caribbean Grill (Featured)
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Papi's Cuban & Caribbean Grill (Featured)

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Papi's Cuban & Caribbean Grill (Featured)
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best cuban BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Papi's Cuban & Caribbean Grill (Featured)
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Papi's Cuban & Caribbean Grill (Featured)

Runner-up: Havana Restaurant


3979 Buford Highway, Suite 108, 404-633-7549, www.havanarestaurantatlanta.com

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Papi's Cuban & Caribbean Grill (Featured)

And other metro Atlanta locations.
Runner-up
La Fonda Latina
2813 Peachtree Road, 404-816-8311, www.fellinisatlanta.com/lafonda.htm

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Palomilla's Cuban Grill House (Permanently Closed)
What makes the Cuban cooking at PALOMILLA'S CUBAN GRILL HOUSE special? For one thing, its chef, Javier Salas, is Peruvian. Tidier than the usual cafe, Palomilla's offers some don't-miss dishes, such as the appetizer tamal, truly redolent of corn, served with a big tangle of pulled, roasted pork. Papamore...
What makes the Cuban cooking at PALOMILLA'S CUBAN GRILL HOUSE special? For one thing, its chef, Javier Salas, is Peruvian. Tidier than the usual cafe, Palomilla's offers some don't-miss dishes, such as the appetizer tamal, truly redolent of corn, served with a big tangle of pulled, roasted pork. Papa rellena, usually shaped into globes, is also somewhat deconstructed, with a free form from which a spicy picadillo erupts. Prices are cheap, especially at lunch, when daily specials are served. Among our favorites is Monday's chicken fricassee. less...

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Havana Sandwich Shop (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Havana Sandwich Shop (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Havana Sandwich Shop

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Palomilla's Cuban Grill House (Permanently Closed)
Atlanta was lucky to take in a huge wave of Cuban immigrants in the ’70s, and we’re still reaping the culinary rewards. Ironic, then, that the chef at PALOMILLA’S, Javier Salas, actually is Peruvian. No matter. The new cafe features the best Cuban food Atlanta has ever seen.more...
Atlanta was lucky to take in a huge wave of Cuban immigrants in the ’70s, and we’re still reaping the culinary rewards. Ironic, then, that the chef at PALOMILLA’S, Javier Salas, actually is Peruvian. No matter. The new cafe features the best Cuban food Atlanta has ever seen. Lunchtime specials, such as chicken fricassee, are ridiculously inexpensive. The papa rellena — stuffed, deep-fried mashed potatoes — is a heavenly mixture of textures and flavors, with picadillo seeming to erupt from the loaf-sized appetizer. Other standouts: tamales, roasted pork and a mango pie that is without peer anywhere. less...

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Palomilla's Cuban Grill House (Permanently Closed)
6470 Spalding Drive 770-242-0078 Atlanta was lucky to take in a huge wave of Cuban immigrants in the '70s, and we're still reaping the culinary rewards. Ironic, then, that the chef at PALOMILLA'S, Javier Salas, actually is Peruvian. No matter. The new cafe features the best Cuban food Atlanta has evermore...
6470 Spalding Drive 770-242-0078 Atlanta was lucky to take in a huge wave of Cuban immigrants in the '70s, and we're still reaping the culinary rewards. Ironic, then, that the chef at PALOMILLA'S, Javier Salas, actually is Peruvian. No matter. The new cafe features the best Cuban food Atlanta has ever seen. Lunchtime specials, such as chicken fricassee, are ridiculously inexpensive. The papa rellena - stuffed, deep-fried mashed potatoes - is a heavenly mixture of textures and flavors, with picadillo seeming to erupt from the loaf-sized appetizer. Other standouts tamales, roasted pork and a mango pie that is without peer anywhere. less...

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Havana Sandwich Shop (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Cruzado (Permanently Closed)
LAS PALMERAS may also be the best value in Midtown. The tiny, ambiance-free restaurant — not surprisingly located in the neighborhood that was home to Atlanta’s invasion of Cuban refugees in the ‘70s — serves inexpensive, savory home-style cooking. Our favorites remainmore...
LAS PALMERAS may also be the best value in Midtown. The tiny, ambiance-free restaurant — not surprisingly located in the neighborhood that was home to Atlanta’s invasion of Cuban refugees in the ‘70s — serves inexpensive, savory home-style cooking. Our favorites remain the masitas de puerco, the boliche and the fried chicken. The tamales are the best apps; the flan is flantastic. On a temperate evening, the patio is idyllic. less...

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Havana Sandwich Shop (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Havana Sandwich Shop

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Las Palmeras (Permanently Closed)
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 (Permanently Closed)

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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