A Florida restaurant where they serve food, cocktails, and music from the pre-Castro Cuba era? You might be saying “yes, please.”

And so does GQ magazine. They voted Cafe La Trova, a Little Havana hot spot, one of the best new restaurants in America.

GQ raved over Cafe La Trova’s menu, calling dishes like the supple-crusted empanadas filled with steaming pockets of shredded steak mixed with olives and fat shrimp cooked in garlicky sofrito “soulful classics.”

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The restaurant’s co-owner, bartender Julio Cabrera, famously spent time growing up in his dad’s bar in Cuba and “has become the pre-eminent ambassador of the island’s elegant cantinero tradition around the world,” according to GQ.

And apparently one of Cabrera’s signature drinks, The Chancleta, isn’t to be missed, the Miami Herald reports.

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The place is always buzzing -- even when Cabera’s wife serves Cuban coffee and guava pastries in the morning from a counter in front of the restaurant, according to GQ.

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