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Best Cuban food in LA?

Francesca V Aug 10, 2006 06:26 PM

I absolutely love Cuban food, and it's sad I have not found a good Cuban place in LA. There seems to be good Cuban food in other cities,but I find LA to be the exception. Any suggestions? I have tried them all...Havana Cafe, El floridita,a couple of them in Pasadena..Versailles. It seems that they focus in the amount of food and not the flavor..Any advice?

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    bigdoghh Aug 10, 2006 06:45 PM

    El Rincon Criollo in Culver City on Sepulveda

    1. Das Ubergeek Aug 10, 2006 06:49 PM

      El Criollo on Victory and Fulton in Van Nuys.

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        lil mikey Sep 9, 2006 02:03 AM

        Yes. I love this place. The couple who run it are so friendly, and the food is very good. I like the fricasee (chicken or fish).

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        young_chower Aug 10, 2006 08:03 PM

        There was a long thread about Cuban food in LA a month or two ago.

        I think El Cochinito on Sunset in Los Feliz is very good and I hear its the most authentic from some Cubans. I had the cuban style pork and it was VERY good. I recommend it.

        FYI, I think its more of a lunch place because I don't think they are open too late for dinner.

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          duckduckgoose Aug 11, 2006 01:34 AM

          El Colmao on pico is good and I'd go along with Rincon Criollo.

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            Qbnfudelvvr84 Sep 8, 2006 11:40 PM

            If Ropa Vieja is something your palette craves, I suggest Havana Mania in Manhattan Beach (borderline Lawndale). It's on the corner of Marine and Inglewood. They roast a whole pig on Tuesdays I believe adn also have live entertainment on Mondays and weekends. Oh and the mojitos are pretty darned good too!

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              Chow Bella Sep 9, 2006 12:56 AM

              What about Guantanamera in Burbank? I think their food is pretty good.....and they also have live music on the weekends.....but it can get a bit loud given the close proximity of the musicians to the diners.

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                Ollie Sep 9, 2006 10:34 PM

                Check this out, take your pick! That simple.

                If you don't mind the drive to Manhattan Beach, may I suggest Havana Mania, Guantanmera In Burbank or El Cochinito in Silverlake.

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                  logan Sep 28, 2006 10:22 PM

                  nice link. thanks.

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                    barryc Oct 2, 2006 08:59 PM

                    sorry, but any list that has j.lo's restaurant #1 is clearly suspect IMO. but i do agree about el cochinito - it's my fave.

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                    Ernie Sep 28, 2006 10:59 PM

                    La Cubana in Glendale. Excellent lechon.

                    1. barryc Oct 2, 2006 09:03 PM

                      i recommend either El Cochinito - which is more a hole in the wall, or El Colmao, still open after 40+ years, which is where i had lunch today. you do not want to be in that neighborhood after dark though - most of the side streets are blockaded off due to the drug dealing that goes on around there.

                      i tend to give weight to the percentage of ex-pats/immigrants that patronize an ethnic restaurant. they're not all necessarily cuban (especially el colmao, which tends to draw on the central american neighborhood), but i am usually the only non-fluent spanish speaking person in either place.

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