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El Palacio de los Jugos

The name translates to Juice Palace, and that’s exactly what this chain is: a topnotch spot for fresh, natural juices. That, and so much more. The open-air restaurant is composed of three main areas: a juice bar, a sandwich counter, and a large hot-food section that offers great Cuban food as individual meals or by the pound. Prices tend to be low, even for seafood. By far the most popular dish here is lechón asado, served with congri and yuca or maduros, but pescado de aguja with yellow rice has its own fanbase, as does pollo asado with yellow rice and boniato (fried sweet potato). El Palacio can get crowded, attracting as it does a mix of young couples to families with screaming toddlers in tow. Bear in mind that they’re there for the same reasons you are: because the food is fantastic and the prices can’t be beat. New Normal: The chain has implemented expanded disinfection and sanitation protocols.

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