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Cheap Eats: Little Cuba

posted on August 25, 2009 at 6:04 am

Cheap Eats: Little Cuba


Cuban food in Atlanta has its limitations. Yes, we are blessed with spots such as the exceedingly warm Las Palmeras. But Atlanta’s Cuban cuisine scene has taken a big hit in the past year. Havana caught on fire, and the sweet owner of Kool Korners closed his restaurant to everyone’s dismay. Both have since opened in other less convenient locations — Canton and Alabama, respectively. But that doesn’t help the rest of us folks pining for a little taste of Cuba closer to home.

Little Cuba (3350 Chamblee Tucker Road, Suite D, Chamblee. 770-451-0025) is not a new restaurant, but it deserves a little love for its massive menu of classic Cuban dishes. The restaurant has managed to receive very little press in the 10 years it’s been open. But the seats have been filled every time I’ve dined here, and a wait at lunchtime is not uncommon.

In the spirit of Cuban joints that specialize in coffee, fresh-pressed juices and small bites, Little Cuba serves a nice selection of fried goods that are all made in house. The croquets are crisp and stuffed with an abundance of chopped ham. The crust of the empanadas is flaky without the excess oil, and the picadillo stuffing is a pitch-perfect balance of salt, beefiness and slow-cooked vegetables. The restaurant also serves an assortment of sides such as tostones, maduros and sticky fried yucca. Click here to read the rest…


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5 comments

  • Re: Cheap Eats: Little Cuba
    posted by: Leah · August 25, 2009  2:34 PM

    do you know where in AL they have relocated to?

  • Re: Cheap Eats: Little Cuba
    posted by: highglossblue.blogspot · August 28, 2009  10:41 AM

    Went to Little Cuba a lot when I worked around the corner from it. There's always a banging lunchtime crowd in there & their Cuban sandwich is good enough to make a FOB happy. Putting that flan on my goal list.

  • Re: Cheap Eats: Little Cuba
    posted by: flourpwr · August 30, 2009  10:03 PM

    Leah said…
    "do you know where in AL they have relocated to?"

    Put "kool korners birmingham" in the google search box. You'll find it.

    Wish someone would update Havana Sub – read the Canton store closed and another would open at the new Crossroads Shopping Ctr @ Buford Hwy and Clairmont – then I read that was not going to happen.

  • Re: Cheap Eats: Little Cuba
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · August 31, 2009  4:50 AM

    790 Montgomery Hwy
    Vestavia Hills, AL 35216-1872
    (205) 822-4406

  • Re: Cheap Eats: Little Cuba
    posted by: Colly · September 7, 2009  10:45 AM

    Have been eating media noches and cuban sandwiches from Little Cuba for years (married into Cuban family). Their beans alone, however, keep them from greatness. For the best Cuban food we have had in Atlanta, go to Palomilla's in Norcross and Mojito's, also in Norcross. Delicioso!

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