Papi’s Cuban and Caribbean Grill: A Tropical Taste of the Islands


Off the Eatin’ Path visited Papi’s location in Tucker to get a taste of Cuban and other traditional Caribbean food. The dining area is a large, casual open area with a bar in the middle. There is also an outdoor patio for dining as well. A perfect place for lunch or a night out with friends.

I tried Mofongo for the first time in Puerto Rico and was eager to try it again. “Mofongo” is a Puerto Rican dish of African origin with fried plantains as its main ingredient. Plantains are picked green and fried then mashed with salt, garlic and oil in a wooden pilón. I ordered the Mofongo Con Camarones as a kind of appetizer for myself, but it is listed as an entrée on the menu.

Papi’s Mofongo included stir-fried shrimp with red and green peppers served with Mofongo and their homemade plantain chips. It was a large, delicious dish that could serve two people. The serving size was a lot larger than I had in Puerto Rico years ago and just as good.

I also enjoyed their Arroz con Pollo, which is traditional Cuban dish. The marinated chicken is slowly simmered in seasoned yellow rice, creating an enriched blend of exotic flavors. The dish is garnished with peas and served with salad and plantains. The plantains were sweet and tasty. The salad, fresh and crisp.  And plenty of rice to go around. After the Mofongo con Camarones, I was already full, but somehow made room for this wonderful Caribbean dish as well. I am certainly glad that I did.

Also on their menu are Daily Entrees like Chicken Fricassee, Roast Pork, Ropa Vieja (Shredded beef) and others. The overall service was great, and the ambience was set immediately with the tropical music and décor. I would love to return and try one of their specialties like the Churrasco Steak, Masitas de Puerco or Vaca Frita.

Papi’s has a number of locations around the city including on at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Look for the new restaurant opening at Emory Point soon!

4349 Lawrenceville Hwy Tucker, GA 30084

770-414-1335 |



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