MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Walk by means of the doorways of Ball and Chain in Little Havana, and also you’ll be transported to a spot 90 miles to the south and to a time a few years up to now.
The timeless Calle Ocho scorching spot has been in business since 1935.
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The historical past is obvious in each nook and cranny.
Operations supervisor Leidy Lozano instructed CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo the homeowners are all about authenticity and custom.
“They want to keep their traditional style, Cuban atmosphere like when you walk in you are in a little piece of Cuba with all these singers that came by,” mentioned Lozano.
Singers together with Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Celia Cruz and lots of extra graced the stage by means of the years.
Cardi B recorded her hit track” I Like It” there in 2019.
Every day, day, and evening, dwell music fills the space.
“The music is the heart of Ball and Chain,” mentioned Lozano.
“If you come to Ball and Chain and you don’t dance, you’re in the wrong place.”
As for the meals?
“It’s Cuba Cuba, Cuba with an American twist,” mentioned Lozano.
So let’s get to a few of these Ball and Chain favorites beginning out with a sip of their signature drink which places the ‘M’ in Mojitos!
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The Masa de Puerco or marinated pork with rice & black beans and plantains is a ball and chain favourite.
“So the balance of the sweet and savory and salty from the pork and the beans combined with the sweet of the plantain is like a wonderful bouquet of flavors,” mentioned Petrillo.
Next, are Congri Fritters, that are principally scrumptious fried balls of rice, beans and cheese served with mustard aioli.
“I love this little compact bite,” mentioned Petrillo.
“That mustard aioli is a perfect combination,” mentioned Lozano.
They strive the juicy Calle Ocho Burger which is Angus beef cheddar, pickles, and tomato, served with grilled pineapple slaw and potato frites earlier than shifting on to the Cuban Spring Rolls.
It is ham, mojo pork, swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard aioli.
“It’s like a traditional Cuban sandwich but inside of a spring roll wrap,” mentioned Lozano.
“The salt of the ham and the pickle with the real crunch on the outside, like a fried shell, is really fun. A perfect little sandwich for me”, mentioned Petrillo.
They finish on Ball and Chain’s good candy treats, Pastelitos de Guayaba and Cafecitio.
“This is a beautiful thing,” mentioned Petrillo.
Ball and Chain are open seven days per week serving lunch and dinner and a nightclub on the weekends.
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