On February 24, 2020 our family visited Papi’s Cuban and Caribbean Grill. This has become a favorite on our yearly vacation. There have been times when the food has been better than others.

This trip, we already had great expectations and they were all surpassed!

Between the 11 adults present, we tried a bit of everything from the beloved Cuban sandwich to the Churrasco steak. (Side note: ‘churrasco’ means steak in Spanish and is the word used for “grilled beef”.)

David is fluent in Spanish, so we were able to order without the language barrier. He had questions thrown at him from all sides, but we all know he enjoys that environment.

WHERE ARE THE MARIQUITAS?

We had to get Mariquitas, but no one could find them on the menu. David came to the rescue and soon we had 5 plates on the way.

I had the Palomilla Steak Salad. I was keeping it partly keto, but admittedly the mariquitas are not on the list. Hey don’t judge! It’s only one time per year and I have NOT been the most strict recently. (More on that later.)

Oh my it was very good! I tried a little bit of everyone’s food. (Again, don’t judge, this is something we do in our family.) The Cuban sandwich was “melt in your mouth”.

The Churrasco came with chimichurri sauce. It has lime which I am not a fan of. However, the lime was not overpowering and added a nice touch.

A couple of the kids got ‘Masitas De Puerco’, which is a pork dish. I have been moving away from pork, but this was cooked and seasoned ever so nicely.

DID YOU SAVE ROOM FOR DESSERT?

We even splurged for dessert this trip. Have you ever tried Mango Cheesecake and did you even know there was such a thing? What?

Ok, I’m going to stop right there and say the cheesecake was interesting. It wasn’t bad at all, but I don’t know if I would order it again. The mango twist was different.

All in all, Papi’s Cuban and Caribbean Grill was a huge hit with our tribe and we would highly recommend it, if you happen to be in the Lawrenceville, Georgia area.

 

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