It would be effortless to proclaim Norcross the suburban Cuban sandwich king north of south Florida. However, local rapscallions annexed a portion of the city and formed Peachtree Corners in 2012. Hence, Peachtree Corners-Norcross has become ground zero for the delectable item, with four purveyors of the highest order in the proximity of each other.
First, here is a brief history lesson. The Cuban sandwich originated in Key West, Florida, in the early 1800s. Some affirm the Ybor City section of Tampa (been there, ate that) perfected it. Then again, Yborians add salami to the ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, and mustard pressed on Cuban bread.
I always order the sandwich default—however, the merchant constructs it is how I want it. Diverse restaurants present it with and without shredded lettuce and tomato. In this glutton’s experience, Atlanta generally serves it sans salami, lettuce, and tomato. Mayonnaise is about a 50-50 proposition.
Where to ingest the finest? Launch your crawl in Norcross and what was Norcross in 2011. Here is the synopsis:
D’Cuban Cafe: Now with three locations, the original is on Buford Highway at the Jimmy Carter Boulevard intersection. Perhaps no dining hall has a more significant following in the Cuban community.
Tortugas Cuban Grill: Like the cafe described above, it’s no-frills as this inconspicuous blessing of a restaurant. It may be the best Cuban eatery in Greater Atlanta.
Mojito’s Cuban-American Bistro: Ah, the homage above to turtles may be my favorite restaurant, but the best of the item this article is concentrated on may just be here. Unlike the others worthy of this scholarly review, Mojito’s does have some creature comforts. They debuted a second location in the Forum, after packing in crowds in downtown Norcross.
Do not conflate with Mojito Cafe in Johns Creek. Similarly named, but the unrelated eating house is also praiseworthy, though not as outstanding.
Pablo’s Bakery & Cafe: Pablo’s is actually Puerto Rican. Hence the sandwich is served on the much softer criollo bread. Pablo is a superior pastry cook, so check your authenticity policing at the door. This is a worthy variance.
It wasn’t that long ago I lived in Norcross. If I coveted a laudable Cuban sandwich, I had to journey near GA Tech and order from the Kool Korner Grocery or at BuHi and Clairmont at Havana Sandwich Shop. Suburban dining has come a long way.
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