After riding the motorcycle to Miami, John and I stopped at an Army surplus store and bought some boots that might help us in our endeavors in the swamps around here.
After buying our boots we decided try some authentic cuban food before we headed back, what better place to experience it than Little Havana.
Hispanic culture permeates everything in Little Havana - colorful murals, monuments to heroes past and present, elderly men playing dominoes as they discuss politics and cigar rollers deep at work amidst Little Havana's ever-present aroma of Cuban coffee. These scenes of daily life in Little Havana play out amidst a backdrop of pulsating traditional Cuban and Afro-Cuban music, storefronts, unique art galleries and quaint typical restaurants. This was a really cool place, it was almost like being in another country.
We stopped at a restaurant called El Exquisito. We ordered the Pollo Asado, Arroz, Potaje y Maduros (Garlic Roasted Chicken, White Rice, Beans, and Sweet Plantains). The food was amazing and the atmosphere was inviting. After we finished eating we met the owner, Alex Hernandez. He was a really cool guy that made us feel very welcomed. This place is definitely somewhere you want to stop if you want to experience great cuban food and a friendly atmosphere.
Of course after eating at El Exquisito we had to cross the street and get some homemade ice cream at Azucar, with all it's unique flavors, this itself is a real Cuban experience that you cannot miss when you're in the neighborhood!
We had a wonderful experience in Little Havana and we're looking forward to our next trip.
Check out El Exquisito's website below, it'll definitely make you hungry!