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Cafe Tropical on Sunset

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kevin Jun 2, 2005 06:37 PM

any good what are your thoughts? also, what kind of eats are served here, is it cuban or carribeanean? thanks.

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    running pig Jun 27, 2007 01:32 PM

    They only have whole milk, which I think is too bad....I am not saying they need to offer soy or almond milk....but at least 2% would be appreciated.

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      smonkey Jun 27, 2007 12:53 PM

      There fresh squeezed juices are great - carrot orange and grapefruit - and they'll give you any combination you like. My favorite is the continental breakfast - A cafe con leche, a small fresh squeezed juice and a croissant for somewhere around $5. My bf is a big fan of their croissant egg & cheese sandwhiches. The muffins are good but big and dense, and their cookies are gigantic!

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        jackattack Jun 27, 2007 12:20 PM

        Someone at work brought in one of their guava cheese pies today, DAMN! Better than Porto's! I've gotta get down there and check out this place.

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          Chowpatty Jun 2, 2005 07:53 PM

          It's seen better days (I don't know when, maybe in the 70s?), but I still have a fondness for the place. I like the cafe con leche even if it's not as strong as it should be, the guava cheese pastries can't be beat, and they do a very serviceable Cuban sandwich. So, yes, it's Cuban. Oh, and fresh fruit juices too.

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            kevin Jun 2, 2005 08:14 PM

            more of a cafe/pastry/coffee house than a full-service restaurant? thanks.

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              Chowpatty Jun 2, 2005 08:35 PM

              Yes, many people stop by in the morning for a coffee and pastry -- it has quite a crowd of regulars both in the morning and evening, as various 12 step groups hold their meetings in the back room. I don't know if there's as many elderly Cuban men with cigars as there were when I moved to Silver Lake in 1986, though.

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                nyctolafoodie Jun 27, 2007 01:11 PM

                We used to live a few blocks away from there in the mid/ate 90s (gawd has it been that long?!), and used to be a favorite haunt. Not many Cuban men hanging around there then, but definitely yes to 12 step group mtgs when it's crowded.

                Just laid back, w/solid & consistent food & drink. No pretension, hole in the wall; it's the food. Gotta give another nod to the Cuban sandwiches, juices, and pasteries in general there. Extra pickles on the sandwich, one of my favorite quick meals. Yum, I'm salivating right now.

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