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My friend has been trying to find great Cuban sandwiches in L.A, can anyone help? He means the ones that are wrapped in foil and pressed. The pressing is an important factor here. Some have honey butter as well. It goes without saying that it should be pulled pork!

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  1. Never seen a cuban with pulled pork, roasted pork/sliced. Do the do the pressing with the foil all, never seen it done that way? I am curious, where do they do it like this? You might try Tropical Cafe on Sunset at Silverlake Blvd. I enjoy ther Cuban sanwiches more than Portos.

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    1. re: Burger Boy

      pulled pork on a cuban sandwich?
      No, always roasted pork.
      And honey butter?
      Not authentic at all.
      People rag on Porto's (two locations, glendale and Burbank) but I like their Cubans.
      Also try Xiomara on Melrose.

      1. re: jp

        No kidding? Xiomara has cubanos? Do they do take out?

        1. re: David Kahn

          not sure re takout, or if they're on the menu at that locale...I think they are at lunch...or sunday Brunch?

        2. re: Burger Boy

          My friend has left to go get frozen yoghurt, from Angeline, in Beverly Hills.....I will get more info from him, upon his return....and after I have devoured my yoghurt!!!

          1. re: Burger Boy

            My friend has left to go get frozen yoghurt, from Angeline, in Beverly Hills.....I will get more info from him, upon his return....and after I have devoured my yoghurt!!!

            1. re: Burger Boy

              I think the OP meant "pulled pork" as in shreaded pernil. Not pulled BBQ pork. I've never had a version with honey butter though.

            2. My favorite comes from a market on Venice called El Camaguey Meat Market 10925 Venice Blvd. You order them from the meat counter, and it's take out only. I think it blows away Tropical and Porto's.

              It's only my opinion, I could be wrong.

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              1. re: stuartontour

                I will try to go tomorrow.

                1. re: stuartontour

                  Tried El Camaguey yesterday, and I was disappointed -- the sandwich had a little pork but was mostly ham. Is this usual? (Not what I expected)

                2. The only time I've seen them in foil is take-out, in Tampa. And that's AFTER the pressing.

                  And I've never seen pulled pork, only sliced roast pork.

                  Where is your friend from where they serve sandwiches like that? Not judging, just curious.

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                    Normal Garciaparra

                    There's a Hole-In-The-Wall Cuban restaurant in the Historic Filipinotown district on Temple and Lake streets, one block west of Alvarado, on the north side of the street. I totally forgot the name but it's next door to the Cuban market on the corner. I had a medianoche there once and it was pretty damn authentic.

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                    1. re: Normal Garciaparra

                      Normal Garciaparra, the "Hole-in-the-Wall Cuban restaurant in the historic Filipino district" is La Caridad:

                      La Caridad
                      2137 W. Temple
                      Filipinotown
                      (213) 484-0099

                    2. Best Cuban Sandwich in the OC, DES SIMONES. On Golden West and Edinger. You will Love it. :)