Mojito’s Cuban American Bistro

Those who know me know that I’m a terrible pain in the ass when it comes to food, so it is no small feat for me to have nothing to complain about after having eaten through the entire menu at Mojito’s.  Located in downtown Norcross, GA, is one of my favorite places to go eat.  The Atmosphere is awesome in that it ranges from super laid back on the patio, to incredibly intense with salsa dancing and live entertainment on the inside.  It’s almost as if its two different restaurants fused into one.  Add to this the incredibly nice wait staff and you have a recipe for a great restaurant.  Well I guess there is that food thing too.

The name of this restaurant is Mojito’s Cuban-American Bistro for a reason.  It’s not all traditional Cuban.  While this would normally draw the ire of many reviewers, this one included, you can rest assured that they are first and foremost a Cuban Resturaunt. Their best dishes are the wonderful little Cuban staples like yucca con mojo, maduros, balck bean soup, congri, mariquitas, etc.  However,they also cater to the American Pallet as well. 

I would know.  I took an authentic Cuban guy with me to eat there and he signed off on it.  It is also worth noting that he was inhumanly hungry as well…but for the purposes of protecting the innocent,or guilty, or whatever he was, we won’t mention why.  He looks really, really happy doesn’t he?  Must be Mojito’s.

Now on to the food!  I’ve been to this place more times than I can count and two of my favorite classic dishes are the Ropa Vieja and the Pollo Con mojo.  While both of them are plated in a more elegant, refined manner than I’m used to seeing, they are probably the two tastiest versions of these respective dishes that I have ever had.  While the “Authentic Cuban Dude” swore up and down that his grandmother’s Ropa Vieja was better, he said that Mojito’s offering was on point.

Another great thing about Mojito’s is that their seafood offerings are delicious.  I have had the Mahi, shrimp, and snapper, all prepared in creole sauce.  All were delicious.  It is worth noting that the fish come topped with a few shrimp while the shrimp obviously doesn’t come topped with fish.  For this reason, I often chose a fish so I can get a little of everything. 

Finally,it would be remiss of me not to mention a less traditional offering that is a favorite of may Mojito’s patrons.  Stuffed rice.  This dish is like a kind of arroz con pollo on steroids.  Well basically Arroz Con Pollo Con tons of Parmesan and Mozzarella scatter throughout the mound of saffron rice and chicken.  It’s a magic cuban treasure hunt of cheesy, protieny goodness.  Don’t miss it.

While I have only mentioned a few dishes, everything here from the Cuban Sandwich to the flan and Cuban Coffee are awesome.  If you don’t believe me go try it.  YOu can thank me later.

Helpful Hints:

  • Black Bean Soup is amazing
  • sides: rice ,plantains, yucca, etc. are literally among the best dishes I’ve ever eaten anywhere(except the .  It’s pretty basic food done REALLY well and its always consistent.
  • If you ever want to get a seat friday or saturday night, call ahead.  This place is busy!

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