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Recommendations for Cuban food in Sea?

Beans2007 Jul 26, 2007 10:03 PM

Just moved here from LA and have missed Versailles, the cuban chain down there...Is there any sort of similar cuban restaurant in Seattle? People have recommended Mojito Cafe, but it didn't really stand up very well. Anyone from LA know what I'm talking about?!

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    PAO RE: Beans2007 Jul 27, 2007 09:43 AM

    Alas, no such sit-down restaurants, at least that I'm aware of. Paseo is basically a take out place (but highly recommended). Is the Versailles chain you refer to come out of Miami? There was a Cuban place by that name there where I've had several good meals.

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      kirkj RE: Beans2007 Jul 27, 2007 10:29 AM

      Pao is right. Paseo is great for sandwiches(not pressed), but no full-on restaurant in or near Seattle. We take a food trip to Portland every few months and Pambiche is one of our regulars. Great Cuban!

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        mingm RE: Beans2007 Jul 27, 2007 10:53 AM

        I know what you're talking about and unfortunately I have yet to find something comparable. I miss the oxtail there. Paseo isn't bad, but it's not Versailles...

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          PAO RE: Beans2007 Jul 30, 2007 12:52 PM

          I forgot about Alebrije in the Roosevelt District. Part Mexican, part Cuban. Won't be like Versailles, but so far as I know, it's the best you can do around here for a sit down meal. It was tasty, but the menu of Cuban items won't be as extensive as you'd probably like.

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            paulj RE: PAO Jul 31, 2007 09:38 AM

            There's a new Mexican/Cuban place in Lynnwood (Don Chuy), but its focus is delivery.

          2. dagoose RE: Beans2007 Jul 31, 2007 09:51 AM

            La Casa del Mojito on Lake City Way has all sorts of Latin American food. Much of it seemed like what I had had in Ecuador, but some of it was labeled 'cuban' or 'columbian' soooo...yeah, its an option

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              Lauren RE: dagoose Jul 31, 2007 11:40 AM

              I believe the OP has already tried Mojito Cafe (aka La Casa del Mojito) and didn't care for it.

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                dagoose RE: Lauren Jul 31, 2007 12:50 PM

                No, Mojito Cafe is downtown. It used to be located on Lake city way, it moved and a new group took it over. That is La Casa. Different restaurant.

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                  Lauren RE: dagoose Aug 1, 2007 10:26 AM

                  Hmmm, I'd been told they were the same owners. I didn't realize someone else took over the Lake City location.

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                    SeaSybarite RE: Lauren Aug 6, 2007 05:51 PM

                    I haven't been to either in awhile, but I was under the impression that there are two similarly-named Cuban-style places, as mentioned above. I really liked the one on Lake City--they had a great cuban sandwich--the perfect blending of herbs, pork, cheese, and ham, while the one downtown was greasy(food) and snotty(service). I've heard great things about Paseo, but haven't yet tried it yet. Hmmm...i wonder if they're open for dinner?

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                      jaydeflix RE: SeaSybarite Aug 7, 2007 04:19 PM

                      Yes, Paseo is open for dinner =) Closed Mon and Sun.

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