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El Floridita

(323) 871-8612

1253 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038

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Marino Restaurant
Californian, Italian, Banquet/Party Room, Bar
Japanese, Sports Bar and Grill, Sushi Bar, Casual/Family Restaurant in
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Cuban Food & Culture History

Restaurant Description

First established in Habana, Cuba in 1820 as "La Pina de Plata" (The Silver Pineapple), then in 1898 being renamed "La Florida," the place was finally christened and referred to as "La Floridita" by its customers. To Hemingway, the restaurant was his favorite place as is depicted by the following excerpt from the author Noberto Fuentes' book Hemingway in Cuba.

"In those days he became acquainted as well with the Floridita, a seafood-bar restaurant. There the Daiquiri cocktail was created which Hemingway helped to make known throughout the world. But as he was to write later, his main interest in the place was no so much its food and drink, but his desire to meet the tempestuous current of his countrymen who passed through the city.

The Floridita eventually became a haven for Cuba's leading personalities including merchants, politicians, and for most celebrities living in or passing through Habana. Such names include several of Hollywood's greatest, Errol Flynn, Ava Garnder, Gary Cooper, and John Wayne.

Hemingway had such an impact and influence to this "Bodeguita" that a bust in his honor was placed over his favorite stool when he won the Nobel Prize. To this day, people still gather to the Floridita to have excellent cuisine, and to taste the famous daiquiri, however the most popular reason people go is to absorb the aura and the mystique left by Papa.

It is not our intent to revive the old glory, but to merely carry on the legacy her in Hollywood!

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