Known for 20 years as Las Palmeras, now welcome Cruzado, a crossroad of Caribbean-Latin cuisines in Midtown Atlanta.
While Cuban will always be the base of the menu, we will be showcasing authentic favorites from all over the Caribbean: Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Colombia, El Salvador.
Join us for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday and brunch on Sunday for favorites such as Pollo Asado, Ropa Vieja, Rabo Encendido, Bistec Chimichurri, Chillo, Pisto Manchego, Cuban Sandwich and other special items.
All her life, Grace Lee has been cultivating her passion for food. She launched her career with Atlanta Gspots (an online portal for food reviews + restaurant recommendations). She quickly became one of Atlanta’s favorite food personalities & was named the official “foodie” for great brands like Smartwater, Vitaminwater, Red Bull, and began hosting events for restaurants all over town. Grace has contributed to Modern Luxury’s The Atlantan and has served as Food Editor for Eidé Magazine. She is also a professional competitive eater, battling NFL & NBA athletes & participated in the 1st ever Nathan’s International hot dog competition for women in 2011. Grace has even caught the eyes of the wildly successful show Kitchen Nightmares and world famous Chef Gordon Ramsay.
Perhaps one of her most astounding awards, so far, was being a Power 30 Under 30 recipient. She has taken her business savvy into her newest venture by opening Cruzado – a Cuban, Pan-Latin/Caribbean restaurant in the heart of Midtown Atlanta. Setting up in a historic 1920′s landmark, she acquired one of the most unique hidden gems in the city. Grace hopes to create a special niche in the community and offer an intimate, casual yet warm experience by serving Latin & Caribbean favorites, many of which she grew up eating in South Florida.
Carlos Alberto Collazo
Chef Carlos Alberto is a Puerto Rican native chef with over 9 years of cooking experience. He graduated with a degree from the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Atlanta and developed his culinary skills in upscale restaurants in Puerto Rico, Orlando, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia. Chef Carlos has learned many different styles of cooking from his extensive education and experiences working in various kitchens. His last experience was working alongside Top Chef winner, Richard Blais as a Sous Chef at Flip Burger Boutique.
Despite being a young chef, Carlos has a serious passion for his work, never resting until he’s created the perfect dish that has amazing flavor and presentation. His passion for food, his work experience and his expertise in International Cuisine allows him to deliver a fusion of unique flavors and fresh ideas. As Executive Chef at Cruzado, Chef Carlos is finally back to his roots and doing what he loves best: cooking his native food and giving people a true taste of various, fantastic Latin American dishes.