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Yes, you read that right, La Chucheria is a “sport” bar, not a “sports” bar! But aside from the grammatical error, it is one of the best places to grab a bite to eat in Havana. FYI, this write up is about the one in Vedado, not the sister restaurant in Miramar.

The waitresses at La Chucheria are dressed in sport outfits or workout clothes, so that on any given day you may be served by a tennis player, soccer player, or baseball inspired waitress. There is usually a wait during peak lunch time and dinner hours, and during high season the wait get long! They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the place is more like a small cafeteria than a sport’s bar or restaurant. It has few tables, and that’s one of the reasons there is usually a wait to get in. They offer an American breakfast that comes with eggs, bacon, toast, cheese and fruits. For $4.45, you would have a hard time finding a better breakfast in Cuba. La Chucheria breakfast includes a hamburger, bacon, and eggs, and a drink. They usually have fresh juice, and the milk shakes are great. Milk shakes come in chocolate, vanilla, and a range of local fruit flavors, such as mamey, papaya, and guayaba. They offer salads, pasta dishes, different kinds of sandwiches, and burgers. La Chucheria is a great place to grab a bite in the Vedado area. The pizzas have thin crusts and are some of the better pizzas in Havana. They did not have the usual thick and heavy crust common in Cuba.

La Chucheria is in the Vedado neighborhood near the Melia Cohiba and Riviera Hotels, the Galerias Paseo shopping center, and is right between the western suburb of Miramar and Old Havana. The four big screen TV’s are usually playing music videos, and not sports as you’d expect. The service is good, and relatively fast.

La Chucheria tends to fill up with both locals and foreigners and is a good bet for a quick bite to eat. La Chucheria is on First Street between C and D, right in front of the malecon. They don’t take reservations, so good luck getting in!

By Frank Gonzalez

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