Upscale Cuban in LA?
Any suggestions for a little upscale Cuban in LA (as opposed to small (but good) strip mall location)?
You have to see the Coco Palms off the 10 freeway in SG valley...it has one of the best views ever. The restaurant is pretty fancy, and nestled into the side of a foothill. The entrance has large birdcages with fancy parrots and sets the tone for a fun and elegant experience. The food is delicious and the portions are huuuuuuge! I heard they have dancing on the weekends too.
Xiomara is supposed to be pretty good, and is certainly upscale (We've had only drinks - KILLER mojitos! - at her old place, as the menu was not within our budget at that time). Her current location is on Melrose, I believe. Her old restaurant here in Pasadena has another name and has been favorably commented on...unfortunately, I'm coming up blank on what that name is. Oh, I'm such a fountain of information today! - wish I could be more help, but I'm sure someone will come along and fill in the blanks...
I would like to call your attention to the Cuban Bistro in Alhambra
It provides traditional dishes as well as some interesting offerings. Weekends are for salsa and jazz can be heard on Thursday night. Although I love Xiomara for being very creative, great atmosphere good service, Cuban Bistro is very people friendly with a casual atmosphere in an upscale setting.
I had a wonderful Cuban meal with a friend at Mercedes' Cuban Grill, in the Marina Del Rey, last night. The ambiance is really nice. Lush tropical setting inside. Tables outside too. We ordered a couple of Margarita's at the bar while we waited for a table outside. The margs were delicious and we only had to wait 10 minutes for a table. We started with the Caribbean Tuna Pica "RAW" appetizer which was wonderful. Then we split the Ropa Vieja (flank steak stew meat over rice and black beans, served with plantains). It was comfort food at it's best. Wonderful meal, beautiful setting, excellent people watching!! Honestly, before going I thought that the place would be another mediocre tourist trap... but it soo wasn't. Definitely a pleasant surprise. Their menu is posted on citysearch.