El Barracón

Caribbean in Santiago de Cuba

El Barracón tries to reignite the roots of Afro-Cuban culture and cuisine with mixed results. The state-run restaurant's interior, a mix of atmospheric Santería shrine and cimarrón (runaway slave) is intriguing, but the food can't match its private competition. Stick to the delicious tostones (fried plantain patties) filled with chorizo and cheese, or opt for the lamb special.