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Cuban Suggestions-Sherman Oaks/Van Nuys?

Can anybody suggest a good non chain Cuban restaurant in Sherman Oaks or Van Nuys area? I tried Vercailles and was disgusted, even spots in North Hollywood also would be great?

Thanks,

Stuart

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  1. Is El Criollo still open on Victory and Fulton?

    1. Stuart--

      My favorite is El Criollo. I haven't been for a while. Unless they've moved since the last time I was there, the address is 13425 Victory Blvd. Enjoy!

      Kate

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      1. re: Kate is always hungry

        Thank you both, I shall try this over the weekend, I see they have a website too:

        cubanfoodla.com

        1. re: Hypnotic23

          Oh, man, cream cheese with guava and a cup of sweet Cuban coffee for dessert! The only thing missing is a Cuban cigar and some hot politics.

          It's a nice-looking menu that reminds me of my very pleasant years in Miami. Please let us know if El Criollo delivers on its promise, Hypnotic23.

      2. Man, I live not too far from this and was never aware. What do you all recommend there?

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          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            You mean I don't have to dress up to go? ;-)

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              Si como no! I love the ropa vieja. It's the ropa vieja by which I measure all other ropa viejas, and the homemade flan! I took a well-traveled friend there once and she stated, unequivocally, that it was the best flan she had ever had.

          2. Website shows address as 6622 Van Nuys Blvd, not Victory Blvd. Just called and confirmed. This puts it between Kittridge and Vanowen. If my wife feels like a Media Noche - we're in. And I haven't had guava shells and cream cheese in an age either.

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            1. re: fishyak

              That's odd, because I used to live at Vanowen and Fulton and would walk down there. Maybe they moved.

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                they did move ...can't remember where, but I read about it recently...maybe Yelp...I drive by the old location daily, noticed it was closed and was depressed until reading about the move.

                1. re: Local

                  It would be hard for me to go PAST Puro Sabor in order to go to El Criollo... that's just cruel!!

                  1. re: Das Ubergeek

                    oh yes, i know...Puro Sabor is truly the siren's song and especially hard to ignore with my office just a block away. love their ceviche!

                    1. re: Local

                      Try the causa rellena. It will make you cry.

                    2. re: Das Ubergeek

                      Pero tambien, vale la pena!The new El Criollo is great, and the food is as good as ever.

              2. So, ... is everybody going there this Friday night? :-)

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                1. re: toomanypots

                  I'll be there tonight; may just be my wife and I, or we may be as large as a party of 7 or 8.

                  I am REALLY looking forward to this! For anyone else who's there, you'll be able to recognize me by my hair ... it's, um, rather distinctive.

                  1. re: a213b

                    I'll be in ropa vieja (old clothes).

                2. Tried El Criollo last night. We'll be back.

                  Sangria - good - a little sweet from simple syrup.
                  My wife and I both went "simple" media noche sandwiches with ff's. The sandwiches had been pressed long enough to crisp and get the cheese melted. Personally, I would have liked one slice more pork roast and less ham, but that's taste; the sandwich was still really good. The ff's were almost perfectly crisp. The service was a little slow. The Cuban coffee was spot on. The bigger dinners looked and smelled really good.

                  Neighborhood = dicey at night. After dark the grocery cart crowd was wandering around out front and the razor wire everywhere out back (where the parking is) says "Pay attention."

                  And I think a lot of this menu would transport well so placing to go orders for pick up makes sense, too.