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Old 04-15-2007, 02:35 PM
 
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Does anyone know of a good Cuban restaurant in Triangle. My husband and I moved from California 2 years ago, and I'm having such a hard time getting use to this City cause there's nothing here form my culture.. I need help PLS.
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Old 04-15-2007, 02:49 PM
 
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I know there is one in downtown Raleigh called Cuba that I haven't tried yet. My friend is cuban and she said it was excellent and that she and her family really enjoyed it.
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Old 04-15-2007, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Downtown Raleigh, NC
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A Cuban friend of ours told us to go to the Oakwood Cafe downtown for good Cuban food. I was hoping to find some ham croquetas and a croqueta preparada, but they didn't have that kind of food there. It ended up being more of a mix with some other South American foods (not really sandwich shop fare), but the food was great and it's a quaint atmosphere.
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Old 04-15-2007, 04:48 PM
 
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There is Carmen's near the airport. It's off Airport Blvd., across from the mall.
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Old 04-15-2007, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest
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Does anyone know of a good Cuban restaurant in Triangle. My husband and I moved from California 2 years ago, and I'm having such a hard time getting use to this City cause there's nothing here form my culture.. I need help PLS.
Havana Jax in Wake Forest....just a little hole in the way diner....very good and several friends from Cuba are regulars.
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Old 04-15-2007, 05:32 PM
 
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Fabulous - so far I know I can get good Cuban, Chinese and there is a Nepalese restaurant. Gotta have the ropa vieja, mamey shake, and black beans
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Old 04-15-2007, 07:02 PM
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Location: Raleigh, NC
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My wife is Cuban, so we are particular. The best we have had in the Triangle area is at Havana Jax in Wake Forest. We've also eaten at the Oakwood Cafe in downtown Raleigh. This is pretty good, but not strictly Cuban - closer to Latin American. There used to be Havana's in Chapel Hill, but we really didn't care for it. Haven't tried Caremen's at the Triangle Outlet Mall, although we did try the predecessors, which were decent but not spectacular. None are as good as what you would find in Miami or NJ, but they aren't terrible, either.

I haven't found a restaurant in the area with a decent mamey shake - we usually end up buying the mamey pulp in Miami or NJ and making our own. Oakwood Cafe has a nice ropa vieja, but it is not what I would consider to be the traditional Cuban variety. Havana Jax had the best black beans in an area restaurant, but it didn't hold a candle to my wife's.
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Old 04-16-2007, 03:03 PM
 
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There is a Cuban restaurant on East Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. It just opened last fall and I haven't been there to give you a report, but it looks cute on the outside.
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Old 04-17-2007, 12:13 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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The next "meet up" might need to be an international dining pot-luck -- with Rfb's wife bringing black beans. Yumm!

Last edited by PumasInNC; 04-17-2007 at 12:14 AM.. Reason: correction
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Old 04-17-2007, 06:23 PM
 
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There is a Cuban restaurant on East Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. It just opened last fall and I haven't been there to give you a report, but it looks cute on the outside.
I passed that today - Bolero's -- looked it up and it appears to not be Cuban whatsoever. Fajitas? Chips? Oh no, no, no.

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