Little Havana/Calle Ocho Travel Guide
Raúl Musibay: It's a nice place -- very clean and modern.
Jorge Castillo: The standard menu is small and the items tend to be a bit trendy. Don't get us wrong, the various crepes are excellent and if you're in the mood for a good crepe, this is the place.
Glenn Lindgren: But we'll let you in on a little secret -- the best food at I Love Calle Ocho isn't even on the menu. To really get some excellent Cuban food, you need to ask about the daily specials.
Jorge Castillo: I Love Calle Ocho has a secret weapon -- working back in the kitchen are two Cuban "grandmas" who turn out some wonderful home-style dishes.
Raúl Musibay: Their soup of the day is always rich and flavorful.
Jorge Castillo: We visited the restaurant on a recent Cultural Friday and their specials that day included sopa de mariscos (seafood soup) and crema de langosta, a rich creamy broth with a wonderful lobster flavor.
Glenn Lindgren: They also have tostones rellenos -- stuffed fried plantain with your choice of enchilada de camarones or picadillo. Very tasty.
Glenn is served a delicious crepe with straw-berries, chocolate, and Grand Marnier. I Love Calle Ocho also sells a few souvenirs, including t-shirts with their distinctive logo.
I Love Calle Ocho is one of the newer kids on the block with a standard menu that is small and a bit trendy. However, the best food at I Love Calle Ocho is not even on the menu. Instead, ask about the daily specials. The restaurant has a secret weapontwo Cuban "grandmas" work back in the kitchen turning out some wonderful home-style Cuban dishes including an excellent sopa de mariscos (seafood soup) and crema de langosta, featuring a rich creamy broth and a wonderful lobster flavor. Another highlight: tostones rellenosstuffed fried plantain with your choice of enchilada de camarones (shrimp in a tomato-based sauce) or picadillo, the Cuban mainstay of ground beef and tropical spices.
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