[Americans at Guantanamo:] The Radio Restaurant Rodrigo Rey Doce Propietor [sic] ... Welcome V.S. [sic] Navy ... Good Home Cooking…
A rare unrecorded Cuban restaurant menu serving American naval servicemen
An unusual imprint and bilingual broadside, which serves as both menu and advertisement for Rodrigo Rey Doce’s restaurant, named “The Radio” and offering “Good Home Cooking” to the “V.S. Navy” and a fixed price menu.
For one dollar, diners could enjoy such comfort foods as ham and eggs, “beesteak”, “french friend potatoes”, veal chops or cheese with guava jelly. Ice cold beer was “$only one dollar$” which seems a bit exorbitant.
An A La Carte menu was also available and the edibles are named in both English and Spanish languages. Bacon and eggs, fried fish steak, fried fish (parguitos), vermicelli soup and so forth. Dessert offerings were peaches, pears, oranges, and cheese guava jelly.
One can only imagine that “The Radio” was a popular destination for American sailors stationed in Guantanamo at this period. A rare survival. We imagine one amused or sentimental sailor brought this menu back with him to the States for posterity.
Description: [Americans at Guantanamo:] The Radio Restaurant Rodrigo Rey Doce Propietor [sic] ... Welcome V.S. [sic] Navy ... Good Home Cooking…
Guantanamo [Cuba]: Imprenta El Suaso Aguilerae ntre Calixto Carćia y Los Maceo. [nd., ca. 1930s?]. p. 13½ x 7½ inches. Broadside, simple ornamental border. Text in English and Spanish. Single sheet mounted to a larger ledger sheet. Two short tears upon fold lines in margins; tanning; good.