Restaurants & Bars 13

Havana, Cuba- Report

SLAP | Jun 5, 2002 05:46 PM

Just back from a recent trip to Havana and thought I'd share a few of the highlights.For the most part when the weather is tropical, I'm not as hungry, so we did one "big" meal a day. Most of the decent places in Havana are Paladar's it seems. Havana's an amazing city. The combination of colonial architecture and old Chevy's still cruising the streets are like stepping back in time. not to mention the lack of Starbucks or McDonald's!

La Guardia- (Centro Habana) – it’s best to make a reservation here as its pretty popular(it was featured in the award winning film Fresca and Chocolate). They have a real kitchen and turn out some tasty fare. I had Lamb with mint and a side of Potatoes with Mushrooms and onions. My girlfriend had the swordfish really tasty, really meaty. Had a Nice bottle of French Chard to go with the meal. The place on the third floor of a large dilapidated mansion. Entrees ran about 12 dollars each and the wine was 30 dollars.

L’Amore (Vedado)- This is a nice romantic spot. Wedgewood china, proper silverware, I had the roast pork with Moro’s and Christianio’s. Food was good, but the atmosphere makes the place. Enrtees ran about 10 bucks a piece

Copellia- (Vedado)This is an Ice Cream "Parlor" on La Rampa where you get four scoops of great ice cream for a dollar. It's a pretty popular spot with everybody. There's a good reason why.

El Bodeguita del Media-(Havana Vieja) nice mojito’s , great music. Lots of tourists,and they serve food which looks passable.be sure to write your name on the wall. everybody else has.

Hotel Mundial (Old Habana)–This is where Hemingway wrote "A Farewell to Arms". Definitely get up to the roof deck for a drink. You could easily kill an afternoon up here knocking back some delicious mojito’s.

Mario’s House-(near the Belle Arts Museum-. Well all I know is I asked a guy at a store where we could get a bite to eat and we ended up sitting in this guy Mario’s living room (with his grandma) debating over what we wanted to have. I asked what was fresh and he said everything. We ended up ordering Marisco’s (Shrimp) and he sat us in his Dining Room. Only to return a good while later with some Creole style shrimp. Homemade Red Beans and Rice. The food was pretty good. Nothing extraordinary, just some genuine home cooking. He did a whole lot of talking about the current situation there and overcharged us at 40 bucks for the whole meal. But the way I see it he needed the money worse than we did so we were glad to pay for the experience. Oh! Had a couple of beers with the meal. Cuba’s Cristal, which I will go on record as saying it’s the worst beer I’ve ever had. Over-carbonated , not good trait in a beer. but the Rum : Havana Club is great! I'm not the biggest fan but wish I could get some of it here to make the real mojito's!

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