Perhaps one of the best things about this restaurant is that when you walk up to it there is a mechanic’s shop by the same name so you immediately get confused… “wait, is this a car repair shop, or a restaurant??”
We went up to Baltimore to the Kinetic Sculpture Race again this year. Is there a better combination than food, friends, family, costumes and really elaborate, moving works of art? I think not.
Since we were down at the harbor we decided to knock out Cuba from the list at the Little Havana Restaurante and Cantina Cubana right across the water. We had such a fun & large group it was nice that the place turned out to be a rowdy bar.
The food, on the other hand, was not exactly authentic Cuban, and leaned more toward the generic Mexican bar food genre. Neil thinks we need to do Cuban 2.0 and get Cuban food that does not involve fajitas. However, we did get plantains, so I am willing to count it.
One of the fascinating things is that I am actually working on a Cuban case right now at work, so I have been learning a lot more about Cuba. I remember my dad took a trip to Cuba in the ’90s and he said the only thing they were ever able to order at restaurants was a ham sandwich. He tried to order other things on the menu and they would reply “I think you’ll really like the ham sandwich.” Also, all of his film was mysteriously destroyed from that trip, so we never got to see any photos.
While the island has opened up a lot in the last year (now permitting some political dissidents, to travel abroad) there is still a vice-grip on communications on the island and a great deal of intimidation against any one who opposes the Castro government. There are over a million Cubans living in exile around the world.