Four years ago, a couple of childhood friends of mine lived in a condo complex off Spalding Drive in Norcross while in college. We used to come over and go to this plaza next door where they have a few restaurants to get something to eat. One of those eating places was Palomilla’s Cuban Grill House. A sit-down, full service restaurant, we were a little apprehensive to come in at first given our college budgets. We soon found out the prices are actually cheap, and if you get the lunch special, meals became more affordable.
Since then, this place has been one of my go-to places for good Cuban food. Ever had a Cuban Burger? A Cuban burger (Frita Cubana) is an awesome burger that must be on your own 100 Dishes To Eat. It’s been my favorite thing to eat here. First, the huge, juicy patty is mixed with onions, peppers and spices. It is topped with canned potato sticks (for crunch and fun) then served in a huge, super soft, sesame seed bun. Call it a burger on steroids. It is a delicious, savory burger you’ll have to eat before you die. (Incidentally, I’m coming out with a CDA100 list — my very own 100 must-eat-mostly-ethnic food in Atlanta. Watch out for it.)
But that’s not all that’s good here. In fact, everything is good. The Masas De Cerdo comes with cubes of tender pork that have been marinated in spices and mojo sauce. These aren’t the typical jaw-breaking pork cubes you see at other places. Here, the crispy on the outside, deep-fried meat has a juicy, tender interior. Topped with sauteed onions and comes with rice, a cup of black beans, and a side of sweet plantains, this delicious $12.95 plate is an awesome value.
Chuletas De Cerdo. Another favorite of mine. This comes with two tender pork chops that have been marinated in tropical juices and then cooked on a grill. The Filete De Pollo, a flattened chicken filet marinated in mojo sauce then grilled is also a favorite. Very tasty. And so is the Vaca Frita which is grilled tender flank steak. The Paella? Fantastic is an understatement. And if you happen to have someone not as adventurous, let them get the chicken tenders or the chicken filet. Best chicken tenders!
You all know I’m not a big dessert eater so I usually get the empanadas to cap off my meal. Flaky crust, delicious meat filling. Enough said. Oh and my friends seem to love the preserved guavas served with a block of cream cheese. Sounds unusual but the flavors really work together. Oh and if you’re wondering how to eat this dessert — get a piece of guava, put a small dollop of cream cheese on top, then take it all in your mouth!
Now go get a Cuban Burger. By the way… it’s not on the menu
Palomilla’s Cuban Grill House
6470 Spalding Dr
Norcross, GA 30092