Las Palmas de Cuba (CLOSED)
871 Washington Street (Route 53), Hanover, MA 02339
--- Winner, Best Mexican/Latin Restaurant in Boston Area, 2006 ---
It seems that Cuban restaurants tend to be few and far between in the Greater Boston area. Sure, there are places with pockets of Cuban dining spots (Lawrence, for example, or maybe Jamaica Plain), but you won't find nearly as many decent Cuban restaurants as Mexican dining spots in the Boston area. There is, however, a terrific place in Hanover that has both Cuban AND Mexican fare. Indeed, Las Palmas de Cuba is one restaurant that will satisfy lovers of both types of cuisine.
Las Palmas de Cuba is located in bustling road complete with car dealers, shopping centers, and drug stores line the busy road. But once inside the attractive restaurant, it is easy to forget that you are on a traffic-filled thoroughfare south of Boston. The surprisingly large restaurant is very attractive, with muted pastel walls that contain both past and present photos of Cuba. The owners are actually from Cuba and Mexico, which lends an air of authenticity to both the restaurant's environment as well as its food.
And about that food...first, let's talk about the Cuban part of the menu; dishes such as the absolutely delicious arroz con pollo (chicken with yellow rice and plantains), the ropa vieja (beef casserole with potatoes, carrots, and olives), and, of course, the cubano sandwich. One the Mexican side are the mouthwatering enchiladas rojas (corn tortillas with meat, red sauce, and cheese), carne ensebollada (sirloin steak with onions and chorizo), and camarones en salsa roja (shrimp with onions, hot peppers, and cilantro). One last note: The mojitos Las Palmas de Cuba are nearly perfect, and go well with many of the foods served here.
Las Palmas de Cuba is surely in the upper echelons of Mexican and Latin restaurants in the Boston area. It is every bit as good as El Sarape, one of our favorite Mexican dining spots on Boston's Hidden Restaurants. This makes sense, since one of the chief players at Las Palmas de Cuba used to manage El Sarape. Whether you go to Las Palmas de Cuba for its Mexican food or its Cuban food, you probably will be very happy you made the trip.
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