Right after I dropped my wife Marcela off at an antique shop in Marietta, Georgia, I headed out to look for some grub. That’s not true; I initially looked for a car wash but spotted this strip mall with the Cuban Diner.
I was a handful of days away from returning to Miami and beginning to feel homesick. I hoped the Cuban Diner would make me feel at home almost 700 miles away in Marietta.
They had just opened for the day and seemed to be still getting their bearings. A few folks were seated and speaking to the waitress, allowing me time to take the place and relax.
The Cuban Diner looks like it could have very easily been in Miami
Time To Order Cuban
So, true to form, I ordered the croquetas, yuca fries, a Frita Cubana, a Cuban coffee, and flan for dessert. Based on the price ($3.25), I had little faith that the croquetas would be housemade and not the store-bought ones available in every market all over South Florida.
The fried ground ham cylinders arrive; as expected, they’re of the prepackaged variety. But, hey, it’s ok. I love croquetas of all kinds, and I can imagine there isn’t a high demand in Marietta for homemade croquetas.
I’m not surprised since they are labor-intensive to make.
The yuca fries show up as a side dish for my Frita Cubana. I’ve never seen fried yuca like these before. It almost looks like they made the yuca fries using the little handheld contraption to churn out churros.
The fried fellas come with a chimichurri dipping sauce. I love chimichurri like any self-respecting Cuban, but a cilantro sauce would have made them a home run.
The frita, or its full legal name, the Frita Cubana, arrived in a fluffy hamburger roll. It leans more towards hamburgers than frita, but the seed of Cuban flavor is there.
The seasoned patty comes with ketchup, potato sticks, and diced raw onions. I enjoyed it.
After paying the bill, I asked if the owner was in, but it was their day off. Just kidding, they didn’t happen to be in at that moment.
I wanted to ask how they ended up in Marietta, assuming they’re Cuban. It sounds like it could be an exciting story.
The Cuban Diner
1484 Roswell Road
Website – https://www.mariettacubanrestaurant.com
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/cubandiner
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Cuban-Diner-143499079118757
Monday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm