Guy Fieri's Cuba Spots
La Habana, La Habana
restaurants
Posted over 5 years ago
Casa Abel
Owner Abel Expósitio worked for many years in the Cuban cigar business before opening Casa Abel, a one-stop shop for both cigars and classic Cuban dishes. Follow Guy’s lead and order the carnitas, marinated pork that is fried on low heat to preserve its tender quality. The pork is served with a side of fufu, a mashed plantain dish seasoned with lime.
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La Habana, La Habana
restaurants
Posted over 5 years ago
La Catedral
In 2013, Chef-Owner Diego Hernandez transformed his mother’s house into “a holy house of culinary worship,” as Guy describes it. Aptly named La Catedral (which translates to The Cathedral), this spot offers a mix of Cuban and international dishes. A standout is the goat stew, which is marinated in a red wine mixture for 12 hours before cooking. It’s served alongside malanga, a boiled root similar to yuca.
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La Habana, La Habana
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Posted over 5 years ago
Al Carbon
Al Carbon boasts a unique indoor wood-fired barbecue, enabling Chef-Owner Ivan Rodriguez to grill up delicious Cuban classics. The restaurant’s ingredients are sourced locally and handled skillfully to ensure maximum flavor. The signature pulled lamb is made with ribs that have been salted for 21 days before cooking, making for a dish that left Guy impressed.
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La Habana, La Habana
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Posted over 5 years ago
La Paila Fonda
Tucked away behind a car wash, this open-air spot features meaty Cuban favorites like orange-marinated pork ribs bursting with island flavors. Another crowd-pleasing classic is the tostones. “The lamb is what makes the whole thing,” Guy explained of the dish. The meat is cooked down with chiles and spices, then stuffed into fried plantains and topped with cheese. “Fantastic,” Guy declared.
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La Habana, La Habana
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Nazdarovie - Retro Soviet Restaurante in Havana
With Russian posters adorning the walls and dishes like chicken Kiev cooking in the kitchen, this spot may make you feel like you’ve been transported to Russia … until you catch a glimpse of Cuba’s stunning ocean views. Follow Guy’s lead and order the pelmeni. These traditional dumplings are stuffed with onion-and-garlic-studded ground pork and beef, tossed in butter, then topped with dill and sour cream.
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Havana, Havana
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El Fígaro - Aguiar 18
Dedicated to the late Gilberto Smith Duquesne, a Cuban chef who cooked for celebrities like Frank Sinatra, this lively spot turns out indulgent regional dishes like Camagüeyana-style pork loin. Thin slices of lime-marinated pork are layered with sauteed peppers and onions to create a dish that Guy called “simple … but in its flavor profile, dynamite.” Another standout is the lobster in coffee sauce.
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