1442 SW 8th St.
Miami, FL 33135
One of many eateries along the main strip of Miami’s iconic Little Havana neighborhood, Old’s Havana Cuban Bar is a pretty straightforward eatery of Cuban specialties. Live music charms lunch diners and while a bit cramped, the spot does offer a wide variety of good foods. While there are a lot of dishes here that will satiate your curiosity for Cuban cuisine, some of the dishes themselves are a bit overdone. The end result in some of these dishes can be a bit of a mess.
Among the dishes here you can offer:
- Ruedo de Pescado: Kingfish. This heavy cut of fish is pretty good, it’s thick and when grilled well it really shines. There’s a nice sauce on top of the fish, but it can be a bit overwhelming for the mild seafood underneath.
- Cubano: The Cuban sandwich is a favorite, and it’s going to be one of the things that draws you here. The ham and turkey sandwich with cheese and pickles inside them. That said, this sandwich is on the fatty end. Which costs it some flavor, compared to other versions with better-trimmed meat.
- Cafe Cubano: A Cuban coffee is a very distinct coffee dish for the morning, very strongly concentrated coffee roast. This version, though, is overwhelmingly sweet. Just a touch to your lips can overwhelm you. It’s not a pleasant experience, even for the staunch sweet tooth.
- Fried Yuca: Yuca root is a common side dish in Latin American cuisine, but it’s got to be done with a delicate hand. In this case, the yuca is so greasy that it overwhelms any kind of texture. Flavor, too is lacking. Not a lot to redeem it.
Service is pretty good, and the food comes at about an average pace. There’s a rush during meal times, and things slow down a bit, but food doesn’t come at an unreasonable pace. The thing that disappoints, really, is the heavy-handedness of the food. Too much grease turns the stomach. There are better ways to draw out the flavor.
The restaurant is a pretty place and the people seem nice enough, as does the live music and the place along Calle Ocho. I just wish it was done a bit differently.
- People frequently come for the Cuban sandwich, which is tasty, but it’s also a bit on the fatty end. If you’re looking to avoid some of that, pull out the fatty cut of cheese inside, it’ll make for a more pleasant dish.
- Keep in mind the restaurant automatically includes gratuity in your check.
- A good place to enjoy live music and people watching.