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Havana Restaurants

La Bodeguita del Medio

Updated 12/31/1969

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Havana's best-known bar-restaurant is a great place to hoist one for Hemingway. The downstairs bar is always packed with tourists looking expectantly toward the door as if Papa himself were about to swagger in and belly up to the bar. If you decide to dine here, ask for a seat on the airy upstairs terrace. The criollo fare is unjustifiably famous, and the expensive dishes aren't any better than the cheap ones. Best bets are picadillo a la habanera (ground beef with

onions, garlic, tomatoes, and olives) and aporreado de tasajo (shredded beef in criollo sauce). Walls here are pasted with visitors' notes and pictures of the many notables that have passed through over the years, including Nat King Cole and Harry Belafonte.

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Calle Empedrado 207, Havana, Cuba

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Updated 12/31/1969


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By Martin

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Apr 10, 2006

Delicious meat meals

Although cuban cuisine seems boring, la Bodeguita offers the best of cuban meals. A bit high priced, the food was delicious (we tried 4 kinds). After two weeks eating all the same in casas particulares you will love what you get on your plate. The place is often very crowded with queues outside. If you want to get to the restaurant ignore the queue and take it behind the bar. After the meal take an espresso and put your signature on the wall... lovely


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By Doug

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Mar 6, 2005

The best mojitos!

We had drinks here one afternoon and the house band was terrific. The mojitos were terrific and the atmosphere and staff were fun. Worth a stop.

By mako

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Feb 3, 2005

Another heminway hangout

good food , overpriced by Cuban standards, but one of these must go to's in La habana

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