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Oct 20, 2006 01:30 AM


where can you get a great cuban sandich in l.a.?

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  1. I'm not sure what a sandich is, but the best Cuban food in LA, in my humble opinion is Versailles. I LOVE the garlic chicken and pork.

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    1. re: bdumes

      Lots of people say great things about Versailles, but I have to admit that I was not impressed. I went twice to be fair and both visits (first in Encino and second in Culver City) were disappointing. The food was really greasy, like it had been sitting in its own juices under a heat lamp for an hour. And the food was just slapped on the plate without a whole lot of care. I felt like I was at the end of some assembly line.

      1. re: glutton

        Interesting to hear about your experience at Versailles. I'll certainly stay away from those locations. I've only been to the one on La Cienega and it's always incredibly busy and the food tastes very fresh and wonderful to me. I'll admit it's been a few years since I've been there - my wife doesn't like to eat out anymore because she says my cooking is just so much better. :-)

    2. cuban bistro, on main st in alhambra. i saw a cuban sandwich on the menu at portos today. they are on brand in glendale. they have amazing food if they dont have exactly what you're looking for....

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      1. re: caitybirdie

        i second cuban bistro. a lot of flavor without being heavy, generous portions for very decent prices. (IMHO it's much better than versailles... i've been there a couple times and am not a fan, very greasy and the restaurant is kind of dark and diner-ish)

        1. re: amandine

          never had their sandwich but i think their food is pretty good imo. love their mojito and sangria!

      2. the havana sandwich company on main st. in el segundo. they have a lot of variations off the classic sandwich, so i don't know if that's completely authentic, but they are quite delicious regardless.

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        1. re: tannazie

          I tried this place when they firts opened and the Cuban sandwich was not authentic at all. The owner owns another restaurant in the area, and is not Cuban. They used the wrong kind of bread and the taste was just not Cuban. I am not saying the food is not good, just not authentic

        2. Don't forget about Porto's -Plantains always served with....YUM! 2 locations glendale on Brand/California and in NoHO on Magnolia/Lankershim (?) :)KQ

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          1. re: Kitchen Queen

            Burbank, not No Ho. Corner of Magnolia and Hollywood Way. We proud Burbankians have very little to be happy about with our restaurant scene. Please dont take Portos away from us. :)

          2. i have heard the cuban sandwich at porto's is good. while the food at versailles is passable cuban for l.a. (but would be laughed at in miami), their cuban sandwich is terrible.

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            1. re: truff

              I'm Cuban and have eaten at every Cuban restaurant I can find from Coast to Coast!
              Nobody beats Versailles, nobody!
              Whoever the old lady is that created the menu at Versailles, God bless her!
              Best Pork Roast, Garlic Chicken, Pork Chunks, Oxtail, black beans and rice.
              Not sure about sandwiches there, I stick to the plates myself.