1548 SW 8 Street (Calle Ocho)
You can tell that El Pub is a quintessential Cuban restaurant by its layout: One half of the space is a diner, while the other half is a proper dining room. Around since the early 1960s, Little Havana mainstay El Pub wears its history on its sleeve, with magazine, newspaper, and family cookbook clippings lining the restaurant’s walls. The empanadas are deep-fried and filled with seasoned pork or beef, while the tostones relleno de pollo is served in a warm plantain cup and spiced with onion, cumin, bay leaves, tomatoes, and Spanish olives. And if you happen to swing by in the morning, El Pub’s Cuban breakfast offers some serious bang for your buck -- think eggs, ham, papitas, tostadas, and café con leche to start your day on the right foot.