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Havana, Cuba restaurants [moved from Miami and Ft. Lauderdale board]

NY TexMex May 29, 2012 01:07 PM

I'm heading to Havana and wanted to see if there were any recommended restaurants. I thought the Miami food community might have some ideas! Thanks in advance.

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  1. taiga RE: NY TexMex Jun 1, 2012 07:37 AM

    I was in Havana in February for a week and used the Cigar Aficionado magazine special Havana issue as a partial guide. I enjoyed the mom and pop paladares -- meals were long, friendly, and leisurely -- but the food I ate, without exception, was nothing to write home about. Actually, my favorite taste was the grilled chicken in the artisan's market.

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      southocean RE: NY TexMex Jun 2, 2012 02:49 PM

      This link might give you some advice:


      In addition, Trip Advisor rates 188 restaurants in Havana.

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        taiga RE: southocean Jun 4, 2012 07:13 AM

        I read many of the recommendations in Trip Advisor before I went, and saw many of these places, but tried to eat off the radar. With all due respect, these are the most popular places and so they are the most popular places -- self fulfilling prophecies so to speak. As I have little faith in the imagination of the masses, again with all due respect to southoceans good idea, if you are imaginative, I would try to use instinct and let the force guide you.

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          southocean RE: taiga Jun 4, 2012 01:52 PM

          There are some mentions of Havana eats on the Central/South American/Caribbean CH board, but very few, and almost all are negative. I'd be a little reluctant to visit a totalitarian environment and start asking a bunch of questions about food and where the best places are and initiating discussions that could be interpreted as critical of the lifestyle or government operations. I'd be a bit afraid that the 'force' guiding me was wearing fatigues and carrying AK-47s.

          On a trip to Venice, I was all over CH and TripAdvisor and Yelp and Cruise Critic to find the places I wanted to try. I don't know if that knowledge-base exists about Cuba

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            taiga RE: southocean Jun 5, 2012 09:52 AM

            Cuba's not like that any more for tourists. Everybody let you be and I did not see any soldiers or police walking around with weapons. The knowledge base is still developing as you suggest, but there is food everywhere and paladars springing up here and there. Agreed, my approach is not for everybody.

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        Thor2011 RE: NY TexMex Mar 3, 2013 02:38 PM

        Hi, I'm heading to Havana in April and am wondering if anyone has any updates.

        Specifically paladars in Havana.


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          waxyjax RE: Thor2011 Mar 8, 2013 03:58 PM

          i ate at paladar La Guarida 5 years ago. if it's as good now as it was then, i would highly recommend it.

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