CUMMING -- Residents in Forsyth County may assume they need to take a trip to Atlanta to grab the best grub around, but one local restaurant caught attention this week when a menu item was named one of the best dishes in the state.
The Cuban sandwich at Coco’s Cuban Restaurant, which is located at 1240 Buford Highway in Cumming, was named on the 2016 “100 Plates Locals Love,” a list created by the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s tourism division.
In a review cited on the list, the meal is a “traditional, authentic Cuban sandwich on freshly baked Cuban bread, served with the best rice and beans.”
“It’s not surprising that that would be the case,” said James McCoy, president and CEO of the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce. “We are a great community, and people are very proud of their local businesses and their local companies.”
The “100 Plates Locals Love” is in its second annual distribution and is featured in Georgia Eats, the state’s culinary guide. It was created “as a way to provide visitors with locally sourced suggestions, the same way we would recommend restaurants to our family and friends.”
McCoy said the Chamber works “almost exclusively on growing private business investment in the community” and that restaurants and food tourism are a top priority to grow over residential, along with commercial and other non-residential growth.
Almost 600 plates were nominated and evaluated by a panel of judges in November 2015.
Coco’s Cuban Restaurant was listed in the Northeast Georgia Mountains division.