Habana Libre

Restaurants, Cuban River West/West Town
Photograph: Donna Rickles Habana Libre

Aromas of garlic assault you at the door, and they don’t stop there. Tostones (crispy plantains) and the fried yuca come with a garlic sauce so strong you’ll feel it in your pores the next day. Yet garlic’s not the only thing on offer here. Papas rellenas crack open to reveal silky potato, the fragile crust of the empanada de carne is buttery and flaky, and creamy pork croquetas outshine their fish and chicken counterparts.


Venue name: Habana Libre
Address: 1440 W Chicago Ave
Cross street: at Bishop St
Opening hours: Lunch, dinner
Transport: El stop: Blue to Chicago. Bus: 9, 66.
Price: Average main course: $8
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