Hot Date in Cuba …er Athens

Just down the street from my home is the hottest and coolest spot in Athens…and tops my list for a romantic night out on the cheap. So with hubs with his tiny cooler of beer and me with my chilled shaker of lime juice and spirits…we slipped on our flip flops, grabbed hands and sauntered our way down Pinecrest Drive past Foley Field …through the gas station lot …then entered through the opening in the bamboo fence ….and stepped into Cuba! Well…it’s as close as I’ll ever get. Cali ‘n Titos is a hodge podge of latin sounds and tastes with buffalo wings thrown in to satisfy every palate.

20120605-093914.jpgThe perfect table was waiting for us…a two-seater right out front by the john boat turned kiddie table/coi pond fountain. It’s fun to look around and see the ways they’ve repurposed common things. …makes me wanna rummage through all the ‘treasures’ in my daddy’s back yard. πŸ˜‰

20120605-094239.jpgAfter ordering the usuals…we sat down and got to the business of people and dog watching and a little barkeeping. My drink? …an ice cold gimlet!

20120605-095133.jpgFish tacos with a drizzle of their spicy, mayonnaisy sauce, crispy chicken wings glazed with the best wing sauce in town, and a cool avocado salad with my favorite dressing of red onion, lime juice, red wine vinegar and olive oil. There’s not a dish at Cali ‘n Tito’s that I don’t love. When the kiddies are with us…they go for hot dogs and fried plantains and the cuban sandwich handles any burger craving I’m ever facing. Just can’t go wrong…

20120605-095753.jpgPositioned on Lumpkin Street between the UGA campus and the Five Points neighborhood…. Cali ‘n Titos is hopping most days during lunch and always during the happy hours. Indoor seating is great for rainy days and cooler evenings. But I always prefer the porch or the shade of the tarps tied from tree to tree…adding to the latin flavored ambiance. There’s even a wood-burning stove on the porch to keep diners and the pet parrots warm during winter months! It’s truly the happiest spot in walking distance in and around Five Points.

20120605-100951.jpgThis simple, casual night is one I won’t soon forget…and fortunately I can duplicate frequently. If your love life needs a fuse lit…and you’re in the neighborhood, consider grabbing a bottle of wine and your sweetie and head to Cali ‘n Titos and let the night move you… and if you’re lucky, the King Of Pops cart will be parked out front for a cool treat to walk back home with. See? Hottest AND Coolest!

20120605-101742.jpgOf course….the only thing missing was my own pickled jalapenos. So, next time….I’m bringing a jar of Phickles Hotties! haha πŸ˜‰

20120605-102020.jpgI think we all could use more romance…. Sometimes you gotta re-light the fuse. Happy Lovin’, Y’all!


About southlandroots

Owner of Phickles, LLC ....a gourmet pickle company in Athens, GA using the freshest, closest produce available & taking pride in every jar. I'm touring the South Land with a fanny pack of pickle jars! You just never know where I'll pop up next!
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