The 5 best places for comida criolla in Havana
1) Doña Eutimia
The owner has developed a very traditional menu based on her memories of her mother’s food. She doesn’t believe in fusion, all her food is 100% Cuban. Tamal, ropa vieja, pork, rice and beans. We recommend calling ahead during the tourist season.
2) Los Mercaderes
Walk up the staircase, of this magnificent nineteenth-century colonial house, which is scattered with rose petals, to get to this intimate restaurant. The menu features typical Cuban dishes and more international cuisine.
3) Mama Inés
Chef Erasmo who worked for Fidel Castro opened this paladar in a small street nearby Oficios, which serves Cuban food, mainly pork, with rice, avocado and black beans. The quality of the ingredients is exceptional. Inés does not refer to Chef Erasmo’s mother but to a song by Bola de Nieve, called Ay Mama Inés.
4) San Cristóbal
An eclectic decor with references to Cuban culture and heritage. You are transported to the lost worlds that still live on in the work of José Lezama Lima. Maybe you can visit the writer’s house before coming here. Comida criolla con cerdo asado, yucca, camarones, ceviche de berenja o bistec. Obama ate here in March 2016.
Private cafetería where you pay with moneda nacional. The best batido de mamey in Habana. You can eat on the spot or order take away including the sandwich Cubano (pork, ham and cheese) and the classic arroz con pollo (rice with chicken).
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