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Dec 10, 2002 03:51 AM

cuban if no Puerto Rican cuisine?

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No suggestions on the puerto rican cuisine, how about cuban? anything new, not versaille, el floridiata, havana on sunset, glendale, la perla del caribe or las palmas in noho. Anything else really special out there?
I may just open a PR food restaurant b/c there's nothing here!

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  1. My favorite Cuban restaurant is La Cubana in Glendale. A lot better than greasy/dirty/strangely popular Versailles. Lechon and fried chicken breast all good.


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    1. re: Ernie

      My favorite Cuban restaurant is also La Cubana in Glendale. I was there a few weeks ago and had a wondeful oxtail with spicy tomato sauce. I'll have the lechon next time.

      1. re: Ernie

        You may have places you like better but I've never found Versailles "greasy" nor "dirty."

        1. re: The Old Man

          Versailles not "greasy"? I tried the vaca frita there- they pounded out a skirt steak and tossed it in the deep fryer! I know the dish translates to "fried cow" but if you ask any cuban, or anyone who's spent time in Miami, for that matter, they'll tell you that the dish is made by boiling the meat, peeling it with the grain into fibers that get soaked in lime/garlic/oregano overnight, then crisping those up in a pan in a tiny bit of oil... They gave me skirt steak confit dripping with fryer grease-ugh.

          1. re: The Old Man

            everything i've ever had at versailles has been greasy.

          2. re: Ernie

            Greasy diners are strangely familiar to most folks. There's your answer. Not that Versailles is diner fare but most Chinese restaurants are similar. What's your point? Nobody's complaining with them.

          3. One of the oldest and my abuelita's fav:
            El Colmao
            2328 W. Pico Boulevard
            (213) 386-6131
            Just west of downtown.
            Cuban and Spanish food served, excellent pork.

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            1. re: Mark

              Very very good food and even better Sangria. This is a true Hound stop in a mini mall that had a fence put up to keep the guys selling little bags out of the parking lot even thirty years ago when it was one of my stops on my way back from school. Great tongue, I think it was the Monday special but the best of the best that my sig.other loves is the Galacian Bean Soup. Truly a masterpiece.

              1. re: Mark

                Big thumbs up for El Colmao from me as well.

                Great Cuban food, no doubt, but I wouldn't exactly call the food at El Colmao Spanish. Cuban version of Spanish? Perhaps.

                El Colmao
                2328 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

              2. Cuban sandwiches at Porto's in Glendale are good.

                1. p
                  Puerto Rican cuisine...

                  I believe (but check first) that Cafe Boriquen in Alhambra has Puerto Rican specialties.

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