Food and Drink in Cuba

With a shortage of fresh ingredients and limited access to imported goods, Cuban food is bland, heavy on meat and carbs. Fortunately, dining is cheap. You’ll eat heartily, if not well, for about $10 a meal, though vegetarians or those with special dietary requirements may struggle. The most innovative cuisine is served in private dining rooms, called paladars, or in the kitchens of the casa particulares, which will whip up anything from the Cuban staple of pork, beans and rice, to lobster thermidor for between $7 and $12. Do not drink tap water and only drink bottled water.