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Cuban Food, San Diego?

csils Dec 28, 2009 11:37 AM

I went to a great hole in the wall last week up in the Inland Empire (a place called Flamingo Palms). It was a little family owned joint with great cuban food. I had a dish which reminded me of my mom's haitian cooking (it was called Masa de puerca Frita or something along those lines). I am curious if there is a good Cuban place here in SD. The only place I know of is Miami Grill and well...the name clues you into what to expect. And hole in the wall/family owned recommendations?

  1. Josh Dec 28, 2009 11:55 AM

    Andre's on Morena Blvd. is very good, IMO. There's also Tropical Star on Balboa, but that's more Puerto Rican than strictly Cuban. Miami Grill is a bad joke.

    1. honkman Dec 28, 2009 12:13 PM

      There is also Azucar in Oceanbeach (I haven't tried it yet but it got good reviews on CH) which is more cuban patisserie.


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        stevewag23 Dec 28, 2009 02:31 PM

        Yeah, avoid Miaim Grill.

        Go to Andre's.

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          csils Dec 28, 2009 03:27 PM

          I will add Andre's to my list a places to visit. Thank you.

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            daantaat Dec 28, 2009 09:05 PM

            where is it in the I.E.?

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            1. re: daantaat
              stevuchan Dec 29, 2009 07:05 AM

              Inland Empire

              1. re: stevuchan
                daantaat Dec 29, 2009 09:36 PM

                stevuchan, I know the I.E.=Inland Empire. I needed an address--thank you csils!

                1. re: daantaat
                  stevuchan Dec 30, 2009 08:21 AM

                  My bad, not enough cofee.

                  1. re: stevuchan
                    daantaat Dec 30, 2009 09:08 PM

                    got it! cofee or coffee? :-)

              2. re: daantaat
                csils Dec 29, 2009 08:05 AM

                Archibald and 6th or 7th (just north of the 10). Right across the street from the "Christmas House" in a little strip mall.

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                millerowski Mar 30, 2010 12:28 PM

                Azafran Cuban Cuisine1001 South Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054-5004

                OK, Oceanside is not Exactly San Diego, but close. I've only eaten at Azafran once, but I was with a large birthday party, and everyone, including a Cuban-American, enjoyed the food, ambiance, service. I'd go there again...

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                1. re: millerowski
                  SeanT Apr 7, 2010 10:44 PM

                  Azafran is pretty good but it is no Versailles. Oh how I love Versailles in LA, that bitter orange on anything.

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