Place: La Bodeguita del Medio – Andres Arguibel 2851 – Las Canitas 4778-0255
Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Time: 1 pm
Cost: 60 pesos plus – depending on what you order
We are going to go to a fairly new Cuban restaurant in Canitas (actually Low Belgrano). The restaurant is the first franchise in South America of a successful chain. They have 4 sites in Mexico,and one each in Checa, Macedonia, Kiev, Beirut and Sydney.
La Bodeguita del Medio
is a typical restaurant-bar of Havana
(Cuba). It is a famous tourist destination in Havana because of the personalities who have patronized it: Salvador Allende
, the poet Pablo Neruda
, the writer Ernest Hemingway
, the artist Josignacio
and many others. La Bodeguita lays claim to being the birthplace of the Mojito
cocktail, prepared in the bar since its opening in 1942, although this is disputed.
The lunch special is an absolute bargain. For 50 pesos you get to choose from three different main courses and both water and dessert are included. The full menu is available if you wish to try Cuban food because the lunch special is usually pasta, or chicken, or a salad with meat of some sort – (not very Cuban). Their mojitos are good although a bit expensive at the same price as the meal!
Getting to the restaurant on Andrés Arguibel 2851 entre Arce y Baez is fairly easy. The following buses stop at the corner of Arevalo y Luis M. Campos (15, 29, 55, 59, 60, 64 and 118) If you proceed down Arevalo to Baez then turn right, Andres Arguibel is the first street on your left. Here is a link to the guia oleo with a map to make it easy. http://www.guiaoleo.com.ar/restaurantes/La-Bodeguita-del-medio-14084
It is also only about a 5 block walk from the D line Subte station Ministro Carranza.
The Las Canitas area is making a resurgence. It was extremely popular with the young crowd in the late 1990s and then Palermo became the hot spot. Now there are new restaurants and bars springing up all over Canitas. When you see how easy it is to get there you will probably want to try one of the many spots there for dinner. On the three-block walk to La Bodeguita del Medio you will pass at least 6 interesting spots.