Mmm, vaca frita…. so good.
Tender beef braised in a garlic-y broth is shredded and pan fried. Then, it’s tossed with slivers of onion. Little Cuba decorates the plate with paper thin slices of fried plantain and congris. This is one great dish.
Fried Plantain Strips & Congris
The brittle snap of razor thin plantain strips work well against the savory, comfort food goodness that is congris. In college we frequently made a cheap meal out of Versaille’s congris and maduros. For a few dollars, we could stuff ourselves silly. Now, we can afford more. Yet, this is what we crave. While this version might not take us straight to Miami, we’re hovering in a nearby airspace. Lovely, now, we’re homesick.
If it’s this perfect every time, we’ll be back again and again. This tender, melty white meat was a glorious indulgence. So tender, the lightest bite had the meat falling apart in our mouths to savor its divine richness.
This might just be the best version of the dish we’ve ever been lucky enough to taste.
Another minute in the pan would have been nice. But, these were still tasty. It’s that touch of savory sweetness that rich, garlic-y Cuban food demands. It’s just not a meal without a plate of maduros on the table.
Sit back, relax and enjoy.
3350 Chamblee Tucker Road
Chamblee, GA 30341
770 451 0025
This was a very tasty version of the dish. Fat, tender shrimp were doused in a perfectly spiced sauce. Dried chile peppers lent rich flavor and heat. The double dose of starch was our choice. They’d happily serve refried beans or tomatoes on a bed of shredded lettuce.
A pile of warm corn tortillas made the perfect wrappers.
Carnitas Con Ensalada
Tender pork with crispy delectable bits at the edges, we couldn’t ask for more.
Chips & Salsa
We’ll be back for a Torta… or two.
Taqueria El Dorado
2570 Pleasant Hill Road
Duluth, GA 30096
678 957 1377
Sweet Pumpkin Coffee Cake
This might be the best sweet at Tous Les Jours. It’s definitely our favorite. (…Or, is it one of those light and fluffy custard buns? Hmm.) Candied pumpkin chunks decorate the woven sweet bread that’s garnished with slivers of almond and black sesame seeds. A wedge of this for breakfast makes any day special. Pair it with your favorite coffee or tea to start your day the right way.
This fluffy little bun is filled with a mildly sweet custard. They’re too easy to devour.
Tous Les Jours, it’s the little bake shop inside of Super H.
Check out their other locations:
Tous Les Jours
We like the Doraville location.
Super H Mart
6035 Peachtree Road
Doraville, GA 30360
770 986 2300
Masitas De Puerco
Tender, garlic-y cubes of roast pork are pan fried and served topped with a generous mound of gorgeous caramelized onions.
Congris & Maduros
Both were close to perfection. And, we both commented that Papi’s congris might just be the best version of the dish that we’ve tasted outside of Miami.
Smoky and rich with all the right flavors, yet, the individual grains of rice were light and fluffy. They weren’t stuck together in a heavy, clunky mass. Each little grain was free to balance precariously on our forks.
This little salad on the side was a pleasant break from all of the crazy rich and delicious food.
Jerk Chicken With Black Beans & Rice, And Maduros
Tender, skinless chicken breast meat was drenched in what we would call a Cuban version of jerk sauce.
Marry The Rice & Beans
Don’t forget, there’s extra parking in the rear.
Papi’s Cuban And Caribbean Grill
216 Ponce de Leon Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30308
404 607 1525
The Diavola Pizza
Sopressata, Pepperonata, & Bufalo
Very generously loaded with thin slivers of sopressata, those thin slivers get crispy at the edges. It is those crispy edges that are one of the highlights of this delectable flavor combination. The way that the richness of the sopressata mingles with the vinegary bite of spicy red pepper. Then, the buttery buffalo mozzarella rounds it all out and adds a mellowing element. This was another perfect pizza.
Good To The Last Slice
Antico Pizza Napoletana
1093 Hemphill Avenue NW
Atlanta, GA 30341
404 724 2333
Burger King’s Sweet Potato Fries
Burger King’s new menu makes an easy target. And, say what you will about most of the new additions. These sweet potato fries are really good. We’d say they hover somewhere just above other fast food fry options. If we’re starving, we’d pick these sweet potato fries over the rest. That is… IF… And, ONLY IF, the same golden brown, crispy fries are available at all Burger Kings.
Carolina BBQ Whopper
Ok, sure, we’re still with you. This was an edible fast food burger. Even if the sweet bbq sauce was a bit too sweet for our taste, we might choose this again. (Time to qualify: That is to say, we might choose this again if we’re starving and Burger King was our only option.)
Burger King’s BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich
Ok, you’re losing us.
Now, lets think. What’s the kindest thing we can say about this? It’s better than Subway’s disgusting and inedible version of barbecued mystery meat. Phew, there, we did our good deed for the day.
Caramel Bacon Sundae
Oh, Burger King. You make us want to cry.
There are so many things wrong with this. Where oh where to start? There is absolutely no sense of subtlety or nuance. (Yeah, I know, this is Burger King…. What are we thinking? Of course, there isn’t.) If someone is even going to think about putting smoky pork with a sweet thing, it needs to be done in extreme moderation. And, that smoky pork tidbit would have to be crisp to the point of brittle. Then, and only then, would the tiniest sprinkling of smoky, salty flavor accent the caramel. This soggy slab of undercooked, flabby bacon on top of soft serve ice cream is utterly repugnant.
(You know where to find them.)
Forget tuna salad, this is what’s for lunch!
Salsa & Extra Lime On The Side
This might not be the prettiest of salsas. But, it sure was good and spicy.
Heaping with a giant mound of shrimp and octopus, the Tostada Mixta was more than big enough to be a meal. Whole shrimp and chopped octopus were tastily mingling with avocado, tomato and sliced red onion. Hefty pieces of cucumber decorated the outer edges.
Ceviche De Camaron Y Pulpo
This ceviche had small chunks of shrimp and octopus tossed with finely diced tomato and cucumber. Thin slices of red onion and chopped cilantro round out the blend of ingredients. All of this was tossed in a refreshing vinaigrette that was alive with the flavors of citrus and vinegar. It’s a perfect dish for summer.
Meal for two, anyone?
If you don’t mind white cheese melting over your fish, the Filete Rey is a generous feast for two.
This dish of gargantuan propotion was accompanied by a mountain of buttery rice, a heap of french fries and a griddle toasted roll topped with a buttery garlic spread. Both shrimp and octopus were tender. But, the octopus was especially so. It was so light and tender the pieces almost dissolved under the pressure of our tongues. Those bites of octopus were the first things to disappear off of this giant platter. It was pure pleasure to eat.
Mariscos La Riviera Nayarit
3979 Buford Highway NE
Atlanta, GA 30345
404 321 3100
Glazed with (apricot?) jelly and topped with a cherry, these moist little coconut tarts are some of the best coconut tarts we’ve ever tasted.
Stuffed with a super moist and rich coconut filling that’s one part cake and one part cookie, it’s pure heaven.
Two Coconut Tarts, One Coconut Butterfly, & One Madam Pie
This cookie shaped treat was a flattened sweet dotted with candied winter melon, coconut, and sesame seeds in a rich, flaky pastry crust. The tiny pieces of winter melon were so sticky sweet that the pieces stuck in our teeth like little bits of sugary caramel.
The only complaint?
This place is so busy its hard to find your favorite treat in stock. At least half of the trays were empty at the time of our visit.
(We grabbed the last coconut butterfly on our visit.)
Daily Snacks List
There are plenty of snacks, savory sandwich rolls and buns if you don’t have a sweet tooth.
Sweet Hut Bakery
5150 Buford Highway
Doraville, GA 30340
404 996 1993
Fried Pork with Onions And Peppers
Served with yellow rice dotted with peas and a condiment cup of red (creole?) sauce on the side, this is definitely the most unusual version of this dish we’ve ever seen. Sadly, the most notable seasoning on the onions and peppers was an excess of salt.
Bonus Points added for serving a basket of pressed bread with our meal. But, we’re not fans of margarine.
Side Order of Plantanos Maduros
This was a mountain of properly cooked ripe, sweet plantains. But sadly, they were literally dripping in oil.
This sandwich was generously stuffed. But, both ham and pork were thinly sliced deli meats.
Fried Yuca with Mojo
The perfectly caramelized bits of garlic in this rich mojo was the absolute highlight of the meal.
Out of the three Cuban restaurants we’ve visited in the last few weeks, this one comes in a very distant third place.
(And, we didn’t even hit our Atlanta area favorites.)
3979 Buford Highway
Atlanta, GA 30345
404 633 7549
The website lists the Sunday Hours as 11:30-7:00pm. But, there’s a sign on the door of the restaurant that states 7:30pm.
Vaca Frita (Fried Cow)… This is one of the all-time great classic Cuban dishes. The best? On the right day, we might debate the issue.
Tender shreds of braised or roast beef are pan-fried until crispy at the edges. Then, it’s usually tossed with a generous amount of caramelized onion. Here, the onions are lightly sautéed and mounded on top. This is a very nicely done version of the dish. Without a doubt, it’s one of the best versions of the dish we’ve eaten outside of Florida.
Cuban Diner’s Version Of Traditional Roast Pork
Tender roast pork is shredded and tossed with marinated onions and pan-fried.
Yuca Con Mojo
The only disappointment of the meal was a side dish of excruciatingly ordinary mixed vegetables. Just stick with the black beans and rice or the yuca with mojo, or the fried yuca. We were particularly fond of the yuca con mojo.
Eat your veggies later. After a delicious feast like this, you’ll be eating salad for dinner anyway.
But, don’t you dare skip the cafe cubano, cafe con leche, or cortadito.
1484 Roswell Road
Marietta, GA 30062
770 509 2576