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Carmen's Cafe - Triangle (RTP)


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Carmen's Cafe - Triangle (RTP)

Nab | Nov 5, 2005 12:44 PM

A fellow co-worker had mentioned he had never had cuban food and wanted to try the cuban restaurant up the street. Cuban restaurant up the street ?! Never knew. It's quite a bit more upscale than the steam-table, tiny joints you're probably used to, although not the prices (most lunches were around $7.95).

Anyways, if you're going to go there, make sure you have plenty of time on your hands. It was only moderately busy and our lunch took 1 hr 40 mins.

I just had to try the cubano, which was pretty good, just not that same high-quality cuban bread I was hoping for. And true to Eastern NC, the roast pork was pulled pork, almost bbq-style, just no discernable smoke flavor. To tell you the truth, I kinda liked it like that. One thing that I've recently learned is that I don't like that American cheese crap on my cuban, or anything for that matter. That is the most vile cheese ever made.

Co-worker had a tilapia, which was deep-fried, and looked quite good. Choice of white or yellow rice, black or red beans, moros or congris, and plantains or yucca.

The menu actually has a number of interesting items. I've linked the website, but the menu on it is a little different than what I saw there. If you're going on a weekend, you might wanna bring your dancing shoes.


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