Sala’o has one of the more interesting menus on Calle Ocho. The mostly-seafood spot serves fried glass minnows, oysters in a shot glass of tomato and lime juice, and pickled fried swordfish. It’s all pretty tasty too. Plus, the daiquiris are very solid and they have pleasant live Cuban music in the dining room. But we do have one problem with this place: its heavy-handed Ernest Hemingway theme. There’s just about nowhere you can look inside this restaurant where you won’t be making direct eye contact with him. But if you’re okay with the touristy atmosphere and constant gaze of a dead literary giant, then it’s a good choice. Just come early, because after 10pm, this place occasionally transforms into a full-blown club-staurant.
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