So one day I’m sitting in the office and my boss walks in and says, “have you tried that new Cuban place in Duluth?” My eyes lit up like a kid at Christmas. He took that as a no. So a week later, we met for lunch at Armando’s Caribe Grill. The name didn’t scream “Cuban”, but the menu certainly had a broad Cuban section. The restaurant is fairly large and brightly lit, with a small patio out front.
Ropa vieja is roast beef, with onions and peppers in a tomato Creole sauce. This was a massive plate full of food. The beef was tasty, although it contained alot of peppers, and the rice and beans were good. The food is a little better and considerably cheaper at Papi’s, but this is considerably closer to the office than their Lawrenceville location.
A couple of weeks later, we went back and I tried the Cubano.
It was good, but not great:
- It wouldn’t make my top five Cubanos in town;
- The meat looked like it had been purchased at the grocery store deli in the shopping center; and
- The sandwich, rice and beans were $12.00 at lunch.
I think the key here is to go with the daily lunch specials, if you want lunch to come in under $10.00.