For those of you raving about Havana Restaurant, you might want to work your way one mile south and check out Havana Grill. I haven't found a Cuban restaurant in Atlanta that tops the Cuban owned restaurant at 3373 Buford Hwy. Also, if you want a place to chat with friends, this is the place. Plenty of room. The nicest people run the place, unlike my experience one mile north at Havana Restaurant. Last but not least, the Vaca Frita ROCKS!!!
I work off of Buford Hwy, so have frequented the old one before burned down and the new one just north of intersect with Clairmont. I know of at least 20 people in my office that have been going for years and years, and we all were very excited that it has reopened in its new location. The cuban with rice and beans can't be beat. I am getting hungry just thinking about it!! Definitely recommend.
I haven't tried either of the dueling havana's but whoever is responsible for the unbelievably bad sandwich I had there back in 2006 or 2007 might need to revamp abuela's recipes. I was shocked and so disappointed because I had read all of the rave reviews. I also wondered how the health dept let them get away with putting the hot sauce in the dishwashing liquid bottles on the tables! we just left our food on the table and went over to Coco Loco for a halfway decent milanesa. you can create a whole new following by focusing on the quality of your food and less on your embarassing family feud.
Too bad that the restaurant burned, but one of the original founders is opening up a new place at 3373 Buford Hwy, right in front of Northeast Plaza. Can't wait to get another sandwich, just like they used to make!
Pros: Best Cuban food in town
You should definitely check out the new original Havana sandwich shop on Buford & Clairmont.
What's up "The Real Havana"
Pros: awesome, authentic cuban food
It looks like Atlanta won't have to worry about to not being able to find a good Cuban restaurant to go to. In response to previous comments regarding "Havana Restaurant" and who's opening it, all I can say is I know the owner, and he is legit. I can't wait to see Willie back in action again and reminisce about the great times we had working at the sandwich shop many years ago.
Pros: Cuban family owned
Please do not be fooled. The "Havana Owner" is just an imposter. Being a real owner and daughter of the originator Eduardo Benedit, I know that this is a fraud. The Havana Sandwich Shop you love and blessed with you loyalty will be reopening by the sweet little lady Debbie(original owner and founder) you are so used to seeing this week. Its on Buford Hwy up from Clairmont. We will be serving you the same deliciousness we've served for over 30 years. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you.
Don't be fooled by the Havana Restaurant postings ...they are not the same guys who ran the Havana Sandwich Shop. Go by and see Eddie and Debbie plus the gang at their new location 3979 Buford Hwy @ The Crossroads Village Shopping. New place opens November 5th.
Pros: Great Cuban Sandwich, Beans & Rice and Wonderful Shakes
Cons: I have missed them for a year and I'm Hungry!!!
A statement from William Benedit concerning the two H***** Restaurants...
Dear fans of Cuban cuisine:
My father, Guido ?Papi? Benedit, opened the Havana Sandwich Shop on Buford Highway in February, 1976. Papi, myself and my older brother Eddie all worked together to bring to Atlanta Cuban recipes from my mother and grandmother?s kitchen. In 1986 I left the sandwich shop to open a garage next door. Over the years, like many immigrant families, various members of our family moved in and out of the restaurant. In 1996 Papi retired leaving Eddie and his wife, Debbie, to run the business. After Eddie?s passing in 2001, Debbie continued to run the sandwich shop with her son Eddie Jr.
Folks grow and things change over time. I moved my garage away from Buford Highway. We were all shocked and saddened when the old Havana Sandwich Shop burned in October, 2008. In January, 2009, my sister in law, Debbie Benedit told the Cherokee Tribune she was joining her son to run the Cuban sandwich shop in Canton Her words were ?..we decided to stop feeding strangers in Atlanta and start feeding our neighbors?. I naturally thought they had intended to abandon Atlanta, Buford Highway, and all those strangers.
When my wife was laid off in March, 2009, and returned to work at our automotive shop, I decided to return to the restaurant business, as Cuban sandwiches have become so popular now they are sold in Publix groceries. I knew we could recreate the home style Cuban cooking that was so loved. We incorporated under the name you?ve been seeing, and began to look for a suitable location on Buford Highway.
When we announced our intentions, my sister in law and nephew, Eddie Benedit, Jr. leased space further north on Buford Highway intending to open ?Havana 76 Caf??. We wished them well. In October, 2009, they put up the new signs saying ?Havana Restaurant? right before they opened. As they are the most well known of the old Havana Sandwich Shop, and as my father?s old restaurant had the sign saying ?Havana Restaurant?, I happily concede it to them and wish them well. We are not them and they are not us.
So let this talk of the ?real? Cuban sandwich shop end. I am my father?s son and refugeed here with the rest of my family. I have as much right as anyone to try to serve you the best Cuban food available. We will be opening in January, 2010 at the entrance on NE Plaza Shopping Center. Let our food do our talking and may the best Cuban sandwich win. We'll keep you posted on the new name!!!
Thank you for your support,
Pros: Authentic Cuban
Come see us on Nov 2 in our new location at 3979 Buford Hwy. at the corner of Buford hwy and clairmont inside crossroads village shopping center.YES, WE ARE BACK! After a long year since the fire that destroyed old location, me, eddie the girls and the same great cuban food for over 32yrs. will be waiting for you! THE ONE, THE ONLY, ORIGINAL HAVANA is back in Atlanta! 404-633-7549, debbiebenedit@yahoo. for more info or Havana Restaurant on Facebook
Pros: new, cleaner location
Cons: will miss the old yellow, green cinder block building
the best food at the best price with an awesome staff. can't wait until the re-opening!
Pros: everything--cuban sandwich, chicken salad, rice
Ok Atlanta, are you ready? Havana has found a new home. We will be located at 3373 Buford Hwy, 1/2 mile north on Buford Hwy at the entrance of Northeast Plaza Shopping Center. Our projected opening date is January 1st!! The new location has plenty of... seating, and more importantly plenty of parking! With the extra space we have aquired, we have decided to add something special to the Havana experience. Friday and Saturday nights we will have a live Salsa band performing for our customers. We are looking forward to serving all of you very soon.
The rebuilding should start soon and the best Cuban in Atlanta should be back by summers end! The wait is almost over
Pros: Best Cuban Ever
Ok Atlanta, are you ready? Havana has found a new home. We will be located at 3273 Buford Hwy, 1/2 mile north on Buford Hwy at the entrance of Northeast Plaza Shopping Center. Our projected opening date is January 1st!! The new location has plenty of... seating, and more importantly plenty of parking! With the extra space we have aquired, we have decided to add something special to the Havana experience. Friday and Saturday nights we will have a live Salsa band performing for our customers. We are looking forward to serving all of you very soon.closer to the opening date, we will e-mail coupons to everyone.
We are very excited about opening the restaurant and serving each and every one of you.
Ok...if you've read the other reviews for Havana, it's not the most authentic Cuban in town...but for the price, I think they have the best Cuban sammy, yucca fries and BB's. It's a total hole in the wall, but that's what makes it cool...you have to KNOw to go...the Cuban sammy is good, the rice and beans are good and everything is sooooo cheap that you can forgive the other reviewers issues...enjoy...it's a lot better than other "cuban" offerings in town at half the price
The owners are not Cuban, they are Central American and use their cooking skills that are unrelated to the wine based and tomato based sofrito cooking in old Cuba. Not authentic. There are 3 authentic cuabn cooking restaurants in Atlanta, Las Palmeras, Palomillos, and Havana South.
Cons: Not authentic Cuban food
The food is cheap and tastes good, but does not taste like it should. I guess you could say this is the best place in Atlanta to get a cuban sandwich, but does not even compare to Miami or Tampa.
We went there this past weekend after reading the reviews. We were sadly disappointed. This place does not even come close to the cuban you can get in Miami. My husband is cuban. The black beans were from a can and merely warmed up. The cuban sandwich was tasteless and as best we could tell used a processed swiss. The bread was good however. The picadillo was not very good either. I thought the yucca con mojo was good but they could have done a better job getting the hard stingy things out of it. The tostones were just fine, but its kind of hard to mess those up. What is up with serving yellow rice with black beans????? It should be white rice for one and two, if you are making yellow rice (which is typically only served with chicken) at least make some real yellow rice with saffron and not just the powdered yellow seasoning. Now on to the mojo. It was from a jar and was no where near the taste and quality it should be. It really should be made from scratch. The place itself and the staff were what I expected. If you really like real cuban, I would have to say don't go there expecting it. The food filled the hole but was nothing to get excited about. If you go down south, try Mangu's in Hialeah near the Holiday Inn express. It is an awesome hole in the wall.
I have been eating at this little hole-in-the-wall for years. It has a great atmosphere and the food's taste is very consistent. Up until about a year ago it was cash only but now they allow credit card.
Pros: Authentic, low-cost, good taste
Cons: Parking can be a pain when it is busy
This is the best cuban sandwiche I have ever had. It looks like a little hole in the wall. I honestly wouldn't have gone there if someone hadn't of dragged me there b/c they loved it soo much too, and I'm so glad they did. The inside looks just like I would imagine a cuban resturant in cuba to be like. The staff is always friendly. The black beans and rice are my favorite and to top your meal off you must get a little banana milkshake. They are like no other I have ever had!!
Disappointed in the food after reading the previous raving reviews. We order the sandwiches with pork, and the fried steak. I must say the frijoles were okay however nothing to recommend. The restuarant was not clean, tables were dirty from previous customers and the staff were chatting as though they were at home in the family kitchen, while the customers were just bystanders. Not impressed, although I wanted to be because I love Cuban food. Tasteless sandwiches with a pickle. Sorry, thumbs down, Havana.
Pros: Beans were okay
Cons: Lazy service, bland food
The sandwiches and Black Beans and rice cannot be beat! One warning! To really enjoy this fantastic fare be sure to sit down and eat the food at the Havana Sandwich Shop! I carried two sandwiches home and they do not compare! The crisp and hot bread was soggy and soft....... I did an "injustice" to the best sandwich in ATL...
Pros: The best sandwich ever! BB & Rice can't be beat!
Cons: Eat there, the takeout cannot compare...
I found this place years ago after returning to Atlanta from living in Miami for three years. While in Miami I fell in love with local Cuban food. This is like being back in Hialeah at my favorite sandwich shop. The only difference is here you have to ask for white rice otherwise you'll get yellow (the preference of most gringos apparently). Love it!
Pros: Great food! Reminds me of Miami
Being a Miami native, I was thrilled to find an authentic Cuban restaurant. I've had just about everything on the menu and stated simply, it's all good. The food is great, service is fast and prices very cheap - in every way it's just cool.
The only things that aren't cool are the location (it's hard to get into the parking lot and even hard to get out, and it's often crowded) and size.
Pros: Food quality, promptness
Cons: Parking, Parking, Parking
I was in the N.Druid Hills/Buford Hwy. area today, and came across an old friend. The Havana Sandwich Shop has been here for years. Still looks so run down from the outside, but it's what's on the inside that counts. Still the best Cuban Sandwich in Atlanta, period. We just splash on some Mojo, and bite down into that crunchy Cuban Bread with melted Cheese and Meats. So good, and priced just right. Love the Empanadas also, and always get a side of Black Beans and Yellow Rice. The place needs a makeover bad, maybe add a dollar onto the price of the sandwich, and get some new paint and lighting.
Pros: Atl's Best Cuban Sandwich!
Cons: Gritty Run-down Building!
I always drive by this place and decided to stop in for lunch one day. I had the cuban sandwich....and it was AMAZING. I intend to keep going back and trying different things. It kind of looks shady from the outside, but it is a clean restaurant with great food. If you are looking to try something new, stop in for a sandwich!
Havana is such a yummy place! It has the the best Cuban sandwich and the prices are so affordable. The location is shady and the place is basically a shanty but trust me, beyond those walls is some of the best Cuban you will ever eat! Definitely recommended!!
Pros: Food, Service, Prices
Cons: LOOONG Lines @ lunch
Not a true Cuban sandwich!!!
The floors and area are not the cleanest.
And do not check the bathrooms.
Pros: good prices
Don't be put off by the exterior (burglar bars, auto body shop next door) this place is the real deal!
The price is right and the food is excellent. Cuban snadwiches warm and crunchy, plantains, (sweet or tostone), batidos and cafe con leche, are we in Miami?
Pros: Excellent Food, Cheap!
Cons: Not Much Parking, Can be crowded
I couldn't eat it every day, but this place is a welcome change from burgers and tacos when you want great carry-out food. One of those places where everything is good, especially the beans and rice, empanadas, and Cuban Sandwich. It is a little run down on the inside, but the place ain't about the amosphere. It is about good food and plenty of it, and I have never been in the place when it wasn't busy. That should tell you something! Decent location, too, right off N. Druid Hills and Buford Highway
Pros: Inexpensive, Tasty, Different
Cons: Long lunch lines
I like it every now and then. Good beans and rice.
Pros: good food
Cons: takes to long, no parking