Open since: June 30, 2001
Location: Mi Pilon is just off Buford Highway in Norcross in a brick building with small, white columns.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day
Owners: Mi Pilon is owned by sisters Mayra Esquea-Cruz of Duluth and Luz Esquea of Lawrenceville, natives of the Dominican Republic who grew up in New York before venturing south to Georgia and opening their first restaurant venture.
Atmosphere: The most prominent features of the brightly painted restaurant are the live plants throughout the dining area, where table seating is provided and Spanish music is played.
Menu: Mi Pilon offers authentic, traditional Caribbean fare, including dishes native to Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Steam table options and a sit-down menu are available daily, as well as a $4.99 daily special that can be ordered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Items on the steam table, which is expanded during the weekends, include pork chops, ribs, goat, ox tails, fish, beans, rice and more, as options change daily. Esquea-Cruz said the most popular item at Mi Pilon is the mofongo, a Puerto Rican dish of deep fried plantains blended with garlic sauce, spices and tiny pieces of pork rinds.
Along with the variety in its food selections, Mi Pilon offers soft drinks from various Caribbean nations as well as tropical shakes made with mango, passion fruit and more.
The menu at Mi Pilon is printed in Spanish with English translations.
Things you might not know: During the 40 days of Lent before the Easter holiday, Mi Pilon offers a traditional Dominican Republic drink, a habichuela dulce, or sweet beans.