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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.

            2. The cuban sandwich at Cafe Atlantic in Pasadena has been mentioned numerous times on Chowhound for serving the best Cuban Sandwich in LA.

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              1. re: Norm Man

                I agree... it's the best I've had but recent reports state that since the move, the cafe has suffered. :( So I can only give out this rec with that warning... As for me, I'll have to find my new king... :(


              2. Is the Tropical still open on Sunset in between Echo Park and Silverlake? That was a gooooood cuban sandwich, but it has been years....

                1. This question does come up a lot. Rincon Criollo in Burbank has very good, powerfully flavored home-cooking kind of Cuban food - a lot of their business comes from locals who eat there every single weekday. El Colmao gets my vote - definitive moros y cristianos, chicken in sherry, ropa vieja, roast leg of pork, and a wonderful air of refinement, of Cuban civilization. Tropical still, oddly enough, has the best Cuban sandwiches, although nothing else there is remotely worth eating.

                  Porto's is good for pastries, but the food is pretty subpar at both locations.

                  Versailles is at best a one-trick pony, and a lot of us tired of that one trick about 20 years ago.

                  1. El Comao. Pico & Vermont. Last time I was there the Cuban bakery next door was open.
                    More authentic than Versailles and way better than Portos for hot food.

                    Paella has to be ordered a day in advance.

                    1. I highly recommend Porto's in Burbank - best cuban sandwiches I've had in LA. They do sandwiches and baked goods very well: it's not the right place for a sit-down dinner, but the sandwiches are sublime.

                      1. I read a lot about the Versailes restaurants in Chowhound, I have to warn everyone to stay away from all of them except for the original one in Culver City, the rest are a bunch of imposters. The food at most of the other Versailes restaurants has Mexican and South American influences; not very authentic Cuban.

                        1. Wow, this thread is almost three years old. If anyone's still looking, the best Cuban sandwich I've had outside South Florida is from La Caridad on Temple a block west of Alvarado. Lots of lean roast pork and ham piled on thick with the usual cheese and pickles and toasted just right on the press. Versailles does not compare in any way to its landmark namesake on Calle Ocho in Miami IMHO.

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                          1. re: Cubancoffee

                            I second this. I've been going there a lot recently and it is by far the best Cubano I've had in L.A. I usually ask from extra pickles, though.

                          2. Versailles Cuban Restaurant: So yummy. I also love their garlic chicken plate with plantains.
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                            1415 S. La Cienega
                            Los Angeles, CA 90034
                            (310) 289-0392