Papi's East Cuban Cuisine Who Loves It (1)
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Address: 216 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Neighborhood: Midtown
Phone: 404-607-1525
Cost: $
Credit Cards: Yes
Closing Time: 10 pm
Restaurants Authentic East Cuban cheap eats.

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Posted by:  Josh Green

For such a prominent storefront, it's amazing how few people know about Papi's, the cheapest and most flavorful route to East Cuba in the ATL. Those who know this corner shop with towering windows at Ponce and Myrtle Street swear by it. What's not to love about a gut-busting $6.75 lunch plate--heaps of beans and yellow rice, lovely when mixed together in a runny pile, and your choice of delectable sandwich. There's a revolving menu with daily specials, and the plantains are syrupy morsels of glee. Recently I tried the Ropa Vieja, a surprisingly tender shredded beef concoction that melts when chewed. The Pollo Cuban (pronounced: po-yo) is drenched, much like the original Cuban, in Papi's dynamite secret sauce, only with juicy chicken. The staff--a friendly, inviting crew, aside from the cross cashier--seems to have these recipes threaded through their ancestry. I hear there's a subsidiary of Papi's out in some Kennesaw mall, but who the hell cares?

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