I had driven by this eatery many times on my way home from conducting my Charlotte Daily City Tours before I finally decided to stop in and check out their cuisine. This establishment is located along the very busy South Boulevard corridor in Charlotte, NC, which is littered with many eclectic restaurants and pubs that feature a wide-variety of cultural and ethnics delights. I must admit that I did not know that Punta Cana was actually a very popular tourist destination in the Dominican Republic located off the coast of the Caribbean Sea and just west of Puerto Rico until I overheard a conversation by folks that had been there on vacation.
I was quite pleased with the interior décor as it immediately gave me the impression that I was actually in the Caribbean or my hometown of Miami, FL. I am of Bahamian descendant and therefore possess a six sense for genuine Caribbean flavor. Outside I like the fact that they have plenty of parking so finding a good spot was not a problem at all. I also like the fact that the sanitation code was 97.0 and the restroom was clean. In addition, the Caribbean ambience was greatly enhanced by the sweet sounds of Soca from Trinidad and Tobago playing in the background. The staff was very friendly as I ordered my usual take out meal in this case was the fried pork chop dinner.
My take out order was up in approximately ten minutes and the total was $11.29 with tax. I consumed my meal while heading home at stop lights to get it while it was still hot. My meal consisted of two heaping portions of savory fried pork chops that were tender and not greasy. The beans that came with my order were very good and gave off a distinctive Spanish flavor. The side salad came in a very large portion and was also tasty and tangy. I did not, however, like the fried green plantain as it tasted very bland and dry.
I made another stop at this establishment nearly a year later and ordered the steak smothered onion dinner. The total with una cerveza came to $16.18. This order was up in about 20 minutes and again the server was very friendly. The music this time was of a Latin-Caribbean theme and once again blended in well with the interior ambience. The steak was tender and juicy, and the onions were grilled to perfection. The yellow rice was fluffy and very tasty and the beans blended well with my meal.
The second time was truly a charm at this Caribbean eatery which means that it will be for those of you that chose to stop in and check it out for yourself.
Punta Cana Caribbean Restaurant and Grill is located at 5230 South Blvd. in south Charlotte, NC, 28217. Their phone number is 704-529-3599. Tell them that Trend Magazine Online sent you!