Yahoo! Travel calls Havana's Bodeguita del Medio "one of the most famous Cuban restaurants in the world."
In this tiny space, with hardly enough room to move, the walls are covered with the signatures of luminaries like Nat King Cole, Brigitte Bardot and Errol Flynn, followed by Julio Cortázar, Joan Manuel Serrat and Jack Lemmon, just to name a few.To be sure, la Bodeguita is a piece of history and entrepreneurs are eager to cash in on its name. The family that founded the restaurant in Cuba moved to Miami after the 1959 revolution. When I interviewed the family for a story in 2003, Meri Martinez told me the Bodeguita name rightfully belongs to her family. And as you'd expect, her restaurant in Miami is called the Bodeguita del Medio.
“If you come into this restaurant, there’s one requirement," Martinez told me. "You’ve got to hate Fidel Castro.”
Employees of the Bodeguita del Medio in Havana shake their head at that kind of talk. They say what's done is done. Castro's rebels won and there's no turning back, they say.
Politics aside, the food at la Bodeguita in Havana isn't bad. Yahoo! Travel continues:
On the menu are such local delicacies as roast suckling pig, fried plantain, black-eyed beans, tamales and cassava in a special dressing. The house drink is the "Mojito," made with rum, soda, lemon juice and a sprig of mint; once the favorite tipple of Ernest Hemingway whenever he dropped by for culinary inspiration.In case you're curious what the place looks like, here is a short video tour: