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“Best Cuban food this side of Miami!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Papi's Cuban & Caribbean Grill

Papi's Cuban & Caribbean Grill
745 Chastain Rd NW, Suite 3001, Kennesaw, GA 30144
678-797-0502
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Ranked #23 of 244 Restaurants in Kennesaw
Cuisines: Caribbean
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Atlanta, Georgia
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81 reviews 81 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Best Cuban food this side of Miami!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Papi's is in a little strip shop near Chastain Road and Busby Parkway, hidden in the corner with both inside and outside patio dining. It's looks and feels like you're in Key West or the Caribbean,No hype - just wonderful authentic Cuban and Caribbean food. Cuban Sandwiches, inexpensive meals, good bar, great flan for dessert (regular caramel and coconut flan...) Guava pastillitos if you get there early enough. Good Cuban coffee. Best appetizer is the Puerto Rican Mufungo. Grilled mashed plantains with garlic and crispy bits of browned deliciousness in a perfectly formed cake. Try the daily specials - or get my favorite - grilled chicken breast smothered in onions, with black beans and rice, perfect golden sweet plantains (maduros) and a delicious simple salad. Save room for the flan. We've eaten there a few times, and will eat there again (even though it's a long drive from our home...) Excellent attentive but not obtrusive service. Friday and Saturday nights, they have live music.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Princeton, Illinois
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121 reviews 121 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“Very, very good Cuban food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

When driving thru Georgia on our way to visit family in Florida, we stumbled upon this gem a few years ago. After enjoying an excellent meal, we have stopped back every time. I cannot speak to the "American" meals on the menu as we have not tried them, but the Cuban food is great!

My husband was raised in southern Florida and attended the University of Miami, so he knows some tasty Cuban food when it hits his plate. (Perhaps some of the less satisfied reviewers were unsure as to what to expect from this cuisine?) I had the pork with beans and rice. DH had the shredded beef with the plantains. Little daughter had the chicken soup which was full of shredded meat and rice. Our older daughter had the the pressed Cuban sandwich which was so huge that hubby finished it for breakfast the next day!

The service was very good, we were clearly enjoying the food and the staff knew it. On the night of our visit there was some live music which added to a very nice meal.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Acworth, Georgia
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“If this is good Cuban food, I must not like Cuban food...much to my surprise!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2012

The Cuban sandwiches were very greasy and not very tasty. There is NO WAY the Big Papi burger was made of top sirloin beef - I would think it was rather a mix of much lesser quality meats. It was burned to a crisp. The Cuban hamburger did not have any sirloin either, and it too was burned to a crisp. Once we picked the burned outer crust off, the inside was NOT good. The service is also not good, so we have resorted to taking out food out, but I'm afraid this is the last bad meal we get from Papi's. We're done with this place.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Marietta, GA
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68 reviews 68 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
244 helpful votes 244 helpful votes
“Good Cuban food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

We go for the roast pork plate. The entree and sides are very good. Service has always been good, even when they have been completely full with a line waiting. When the weather is decent, we prefer the patio for a more relaxed atmosphere.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kennesaw
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8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Not terrible not great!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012 via mobile

The service lacked after the drink came. All down hill from there. I likedy mojito but my companion did not. The empanada sampler was very good but needs a sauce to dip them in.
The meat in our entrees were tough and dry. Plantains and rice w beans are pretty good, not great. Prices are good if the food was better. Good size entrees but NO dressing on the side salads??? This place needs a little more improvement considering the one in midtown Atlanta is TERRIFIC!

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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