"PALADARES" Cuba Restaurant Tip by swesn
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The state has allowed some form of private enterprise. A 'paladar' is a home-run restaurant.
Naturally, to prevent competition against the state, they are taxed heavily (I heard US$1000 per month!!) and piled high with restrictions.
A meal in a 'paladar' usually costs around US$5 to US$10. The restaurant is usually at the back of the huge colonial house. They should have a menu with the prices stated. They will serve you a wide spread of rice, beans, salad, meat (pork or chicken).
They are not always easy to spot. And due to the HIGH competition from meals offered by the host of the 'casa particulars', many probably enlist help from touts to whip you off the street and into their 'paladares'. They probably even have menus with various prices, depending on how much they think you might pay and whether you are a walk-in (without commission) or a whip-in (with commission).
Things are very complicated in Cuba.
Price: less than US$10
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