Armando's Caribe

★★★★☆

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I typically do not write bad reviews (hey, everyone has a bad day, right?) but this one I could not pass up. I actually tried this restaurant out BECAUSE of the good reviews I read here, so I had to add my perspective before anyone else could make the same mistake. I have to say this was the absolute worst meal I've had in recent memory. On the recommendation of other reviews, my husband and I ordered the lobster tacos. TAKE NOTE: THESE ARE NOT MADE WITH LOBSTER MEAT. Instead, inside we found artificial crab meat. Not only did they not taste good (I personally do not like artificial crab meat and would never knowingly purchase anything made from it), I find it incredibly unacceptable and inappropriate for a restaurant to market a dish as one thing when they are in fact serving a cheap substitute. I knew immediately at the first bite that I was tasting artificial crab (come on, you can't really expect people to mistake that fishy taste and stringy texture for lobster), but one glance inside the taco only further confirmed it. It appeared they had even tried to cut off the bright red exterior of the artificial crab to better disguise it, but -- oops -- they missed a few spots. We also ordered the paella valencia, which was equivalent in quality to a reheated frozen dinner. The rice was gluey, the calamari was undercooked and the sausage was poor in quality. The only good thing we tasted while we were there was the salsa, and I'm pretty sure it came from a jar. If I could have given this restaurant zero stars, I would have.

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★☆☆☆☆

I typically do not write bad reviews (hey, everyone has a bad day, right?) but this one I could not pass up. I actually tried this restaurant out BECAUSE of the good reviews I read here, so I had to add my perspective before anyone else could make the same mistake. I have to say this was the absolute worst meal I've had in recent memory. On the recommendation of other reviews, my husband and I ordered the lobster tacos. TAKE NOTE: THESE ARE NOT MADE WITH LOBSTER MEAT. Instead, inside we found artificial crab meat. Not only did they not taste good (I personally do not like artificial crab meat and would never knowingly purchase anything made from it), I find it incredibly unacceptable and inappropriate for a restaurant to market a dish as one thing when they are in fact serving a cheap substitute. I knew immediately at the first bite that I was tasting artificial crab (come on, you can't really expect people to mistake that fishy taste and stringy texture for lobster), but one glance inside the taco only further confirmed it. It appeared they had even tried to cut off the bright red exterior of the artificial crab to better disguise it, but -- oops -- they missed a few spots. We also ordered the paella valencia, which was equivalent in quality to a reheated frozen dinner. The rice was gluey, the calamari was undercooked and the sausage was poor in quality. The only good thing we tasted while we were there was the salsa, and I'm pretty sure it came from a jar. If I could have given this restaurant zero stars, I would have.

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This is one of my favorite places to eat Caribbean food. The tilapia and lobster tacos are delicious and they serve perfectly-cooked corn chips. They have outside dining for a romantic evening with a loved one..

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★★★★☆

This is one of my favorite places to eat Caribbean food. The tilapia and lobster tacos are delicious and they serve perfectly-cooked corn chips. They have outside dining for a romantic evening with a loved one..

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The staff is amazing. The food is superb. The location is very convenient. The tilapia burrito is great. The Cuban sandwiches are great. I've also tried and been very pleased with the quesadilla and paella. The salsa is fresh, spicy and wonderful. Although it has already been mentioned, the staff has never once in 15 plus visits left anything to be desired.

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The staff is amazing. The food is superb. The location is very convenient. The tilapia burrito is great. The Cuban sandwiches are great. I've also tried and been very pleased with the quesadilla and paella. The salsa is fresh, spicy and wonderful. Although it has already been mentioned, the staff has never once in 15 plus visits left anything to be desired.

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Armando's has recently changed its menu and upped its prices, but it is still a great place to get beans & rice and a classic Cubano. The mojitos are above average as well.

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★★★☆☆

Armando's has recently changed its menu and upped its prices, but it is still a great place to get beans & rice and a classic Cubano. The mojitos are above average as well.

Pros: Cuban sandwich, mojitos, service

Cons: Ambience, price

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Favorite place to eat! Can't resist fried, sweet plantains to start. Delicious tilapia or lobster tacos, shrimp corn chowder (creamy & slightly sweet), perfectly-cooked corn chips and juicy, fresh salsa. Perfect black beans and perfectly-cooked yellow rice complete my favorite meals. Great for groups or alone - atmosphere is fun with latin music and festive decorations. Can be packed at the height of lunch hour, but I have never had to wait for a seat. Outdoor seating available, which can be enclosed. Highly recommended!

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★★★★★

Favorite place to eat! Can't resist fried, sweet plantains to start. Delicious tilapia or lobster tacos, shrimp corn chowder (creamy & slightly sweet), perfectly-cooked corn chips and juicy, fresh salsa. Perfect black beans and perfectly-cooked yellow rice complete my favorite meals. Great for groups or alone - atmosphere is fun with latin music and festive decorations. Can be packed at the height of lunch hour, but I have never had to wait for a seat. Outdoor seating available, which can be enclosed. Highly recommended!

Pros: Great food, atmosphere

Cons: Long lines for checkout at peak times

 

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