Everything happens for a reason. Leaving my casa starving because I had just arrived and hadn’t eaten since 6AM and it was now 1PM. I ran into Alejandro. Cuban’s are very friendly and love to show you around their country. Of course this comes with a small fee but never the less, they are very friendly.
Alejandro spotted me and started asking a bunch of questions. I told him I was on my way to eat lunch and he offered to take me to a restaurant that offered traditional cuban cuisine. I started to follow Alejandro to Imperio which was all but 5 minutes walk from my Casa. If a local recommends a place you are better off as I was informed. The private owned restaurants have better food and only locals know which ones those are.
We reached Imperio and gave Alejandro 2 CUC and he went on his way. Only 2 other tables were in use so I had a choice of seats. I chose the table by the window so I could people watch. I enjoy people watching.
I was asked if I spoke English or Spanish and I requested an English-speaking waitress with a smile. My Spanish is up to par for ordering but life is much easier on all of us if I just stick with English for now 😀
The Waitress went over the specials which included an appetizer, main meal and dessert for 25 CUC. I thought it was a good deal because I wanted the grilled white fish, lobster and shrimp. Fried ham dumplings was the appetizer. I devoured them because I was so hungry. My beverage of choice was red sangria to start and their native beer to finish.
My main meal arrived and it looked delish. I am not as starved as I was when I arrived so I did not have to look like an animal while I enjoyed my meal. Would not want them to think bad of Americans – LOL
As you can see, the special comes with white rice and black beans, testones and a small salad. Dessert was flaun. I am not a flaun fan but theirs was pretty tasty. I was stuffed by then so I only enjoyed half – moderation.
I payed my tab and the waitress gave me a discount card for 50% off my next visit. So you know where I at the next night…. Imperio!!
The next night I opted for a big piece of grilled Lobster and that came up to 12 CUC… Score!!