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May 30, 2009 12:12 PM


Between the mid '80's and mid 90's I used to eat Cuban food all the time. First at Versaille on Venice Blvd. and then I discovered Rincon Criollo on Sepulvada Blvd. where I preferred the chow, cozier space and friendlier and more attentive service. Haven't been to either for a few years and have a taste for Cuban so fellow Hounds where should I go? No upscale, 'Hollywood scene' places please! TIA

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  1. In Atwater Village:

    3175 Glendale Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA

    It will sound weird, but the (mixed) rice and beans was AMMMMMMAZING. And the media noche was succulent. Ooooh mouth watering now....


      Well I really enjoy a Bolivar Bellicoso Fino cabinet selection but I don't mind an occasional Trinidad or Monte Cristo #2.
      Throw a little Compay Segundo in the CD player, crack a bottle of Bodegas San Cristobal and pass the pork sandwiches. ;)

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      1. re: Fritter

        Yea, Grandpa Movie Producer liked those Cubans too, may he rest in peace (he paid the price for his vice)!
        So what about the "...pork sandwiches."

      2. A simple, unassuming place -- all you can eat buffet of Cuban foods. Feels like your visiting tia's kitchen for a homemade meal.

        Lili's Cuban Buffet
        3887 E Sierra Madre Blvd
        Pasadena, CA 91107
        (626) 351-1020

        1. El Criollo in Van Nuys. Food is wonderful, and they recently moved into a nice space on Van Nuys Blvd north of Victory.

          Check it out

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          1. re: markn

            El Criollo has been my favorite Cuban since it opened. Love the Ropa Vieja!

            1. re: Kate is always hungry

              The fricaseed fish or chicken is also good at El Criollo. Ropa vieja there is delicious.

              I also like Baracoa in Atwater. Try the BBQ ribs. They're fall-off-the-bone tender. And they have a chicken lunch special.

              El Floridita in Hollywood has a relaxed lunch. At night they have entertainment, so it gets a little much, but lunch is quiet and casual.

            2. Tropi-Cuba Cafe on Vermont Ave, about half a block south of Carson St. Nice AYE lunch buffet - be sure to arrive early! Every Tuesday, AYE buffet dinner + live music.
              Havana Mania in Redondo Beach/Inglewood: Have not been there myself, but have been hearing some good reviews from friends in the area.

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              1. re: HappyYummyDay

                I used to work in the neighborhood of Havana Mania. LOVED their Ropa Vieja. The other menu items I tasted weren't particularly good.

                1. re: HappyYummyDay

                  I like the Oxtails and Yucca Fritta at Havana Mania. Nice, cozy and casual. And they usually have some form of live music on the weekends.

                  1. re: bigmista

                    4 years later and I still recommend Havana Mania in Redondo Beach. Great Tuesday special Lechon Asado / Roast Pork. Served with rice, beans and plantains. $11.99 after 5pm.

                    1. re: wienermobile

                      Second that and the happy hour is pretty good too. Always friendly attentive service.