BODEGUITA DEL MEDIO
This famous restaurant located in the heart of Old Havana (Habana Vieja) opened its doors in 1942 and among the most loyal clients were intellectuals that would pop in after doing business in a nearby printing press. It was named for its position precisely in the very centre of Empedrado Street, very close to the Cathedral Plaza (Plaza de la Catedral).
One of the journalists thought to write up his name on a wall and that is how a tradition started out that persists to this day. Among the many names that figure on the walls, are Pablo Neruda, Agustín Lara, Brigitte Bardot, Ignacio Villa (Bola de Nieve), Ernest Hemingway and Salvador Allende. It is an ideal spot to enjoy typical Cuban cuisine based on rice, black beans, fried plantains, roasted pork and jerked beef in tomato sauce (tasajo entomatado), as well as the traditional mandioca (yuca).
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