Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Havana Grill

404 W Chatham St
Cary, NC 27511

Sometimes it can be hard to stay objective. I tried to find something good about my recent awful time at Bluestone Cafe, and now I'm trying to find something bad about Havana Grill.

It's hard, though. The food is amazing, including pork tamales, chicken croquettes, fried plantains, yucca and garlic and several kinds of rice and beans. The Boy and I cannot decide on our favorite sides, and spend more of dinner eating from each others' plates. (Little ones can also get chicken fingers and fries). Customers can browse the complete menu or just look at the buffet-style counter and pick what looks good. Don't miss the empanadas and croquettes hidden in the back!

The prices are really good, especially for the portion size and the quality of the food. The reason for the low prices are the plastic silverware and bus-your-own-table service. Somehow it makes Havana Grill seem like a friend's cookout and not like a fast-food joint.

Havana Grill on Urbanspoon

Don't miss the outdoor seating. Cuban music plays gently in the background, covering the sounds of traffic but not so loudly that it inhibits conversation. I don't know that we felt like we were in Cuba, but we didn't feel like we were sitting in a Cary parking lot! (I think the beach mural and real palm trees may have had something to do with that.)

We loved the food, music, and outdoor atmosphere. Overlook the styrofoam plates for an unpretentious, jeans-friendly date!

The Havana Grill on Restaurantica


  1. Couldn't agree more. Havana Grill is one of my favorites. Besides the excellent choices you mentioned above, they have great sandwiches. The Cubano is awesome! I find myself wanting to frequent as often as possible; this is not a place we want to see go out of business.

  2. I haven't tried the sandwiches yet, they look awesome, but it's hard to look at the food at the counter and NOT eat it!

    I agree about supporting Havana Grill, this adds a nice bit of flavor to Cary.


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