I was born and raised in Miami, FL and come from a Cuban family. I have visited this restaurant at least 5 times since it opened up. At first, the food was very disappointing, despite the very nice atmosphere (the domino tables bring back wonderful memories of my Abuelo). After the second time we went, my husband and I thought we'd go one last time, sort of a ""three strikes and you're out"" because we wanted so badly for this place to be good. They have improved tremendously! I'm not sure that any Cuban restaurant is going to be like what we had Miami, considering that most of the staff they have to hire (out of fairness) is going to be clueless about Cuban culture and cuisine AND there probably isn't the same kind of access to all the ingredients. However, the food will satisfy your cravings. I really like their palomilla steak and the churrasco is good too. I wish they would put bistec empanizado on the menu, but if you request it, they will make it for you. I prefer my black beans a little thicker, but they have been very tasty. They have most of the deserts, pastelitos, shakes, and appetizers that you find in Miami. Lastly, I took my Cuban grandmother there and the owner was SO KIND to her. She went out of her way to sit and talk to my grandmother. If my grandmother told her something didn't taste right, the owner hurried to fix it- she sincerely wants customers to enjoy their dining experience. All in all, of the 3 Cuban places I've eaten at since moving to North Carolina (one was in Rock Hill, SC), this has ended up being the best by far.
Pros: good food and atmosphere, make food the way you ask for it
Cons: Still working some of the kinks out of the new restaurant