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Cuban roast pork with crispy skin?

RacerX May 25, 2010 06:57 PM

While visiting Miami earlier this year, I sampled several Cuban eateries, but the dish that blew me away the most during my visit was a roast pork dish that came with some crispy skin attached. The skin was reminiscent of what you would find in a chinese roast pork.

Are there any cuban eateries that have something comparable? I know pork is big in Cuban cooking but I want the crispy skin as well and so far I haven't seen anything. Bonus points if its in the SFV.

I've been to Casa Don Rolondo in North Hills based on other board recs and they had a great arroz con pollo but no pork with crispy skin, and I've called El Ciroillo in Van Nuys and they said they didin't do it with the roast skin on.


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    kanohli RE: RacerX May 26, 2010 02:07 PM

    Havanamania in the South Bay on Inglewood and Manhattan Beach Blvd.

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      wienermobile RE: kanohli May 26, 2010 02:11 PM

      I second Havana Mania.

      Havana Mania
      3615 Inglewood Ave, Redondo Beach, CA 90278

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        Tari RE: wienermobile May 27, 2010 06:21 PM

        I agree with Havania Mania, but go on Tuesday evening when they actually roast the pork. That is when you will get the pork skin

    2. Professor Salt RE: RacerX May 26, 2010 03:27 PM

      There's a Cuban cafe / bakery / restaurant across from my Torrance workplace that advertises a Cuban pig roast held one night a week. I blow Dodge before dinnertime, so I've never tried it.

      Call over and see if they're roasting a whole pig, skin on, or not.


      A few years ago, I went to a food & wine festival where Grace restaurant cooked up a whole pig in a Caja China. I don't know if Neil Fraser is doing that in the restaurant, but it might be worth a call.

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        whatsfordinner RE: RacerX May 26, 2010 05:41 PM

        A new Cuban restaurant is just about to open at the Lumberyard in Malibu. It may be worth a call to see if they have it. Unfortunately the name escapes me!

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          ozhead RE: whatsfordinner May 27, 2010 03:14 PM

          Habana? La Habana? something along those lines.

          2930 Bristol St Ste A110, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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            FranklinJefferson RE: ozhead May 27, 2010 04:27 PM

            Cafe Habana. And, according to another local Food site, only a limited menu at the moment (as well as limited lunch/dinner hours). Also, their website doesn't indicate the Caja Chinga style Pork, only the roast, pulled pork.

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          FranklinJefferson RE: RacerX May 28, 2010 03:17 PM

          After puzzling for a few hours, remembered J. Gold's 99 Before You Die review of Evas Lechon. Fillipino rather than Cuban, but roast pig with crackling skin nonetheless...

          1. Mr Taster RE: RacerX Jun 3, 2010 11:21 AM

            LA Weekly answered your question today...

            5 hour baked lechon at Havana Mania in Redondo Beach, and a Yucatecan version at Chichen Itza.


            Mr Taster

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              Mattapoisett in LA RE: Mr Taster Jun 3, 2010 11:24 AM

              Also note that it was written by Fabulous Chowhound Poster and my lovely wife: Dommy!

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                Mr Taster RE: Mattapoisett in LA Jun 3, 2010 11:26 AM

                I see that now! Kudos to Dommy (and to you for recognizing her good taste!)

                Mr Taster

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                  exilekiss RE: Mattapoisett in LA Jun 3, 2010 05:08 PM

                  Awesome! :) Please pass on my congrats to Dommy. Great job.

              2. mucho gordo RE: RacerX Jun 3, 2010 12:56 PM

                Isn't Porto's in Glendale / Burbank Cuban? They have a pork sandwich that sounds fantastic but haven't tried yet. So far I've limited myself to a couple of their pastries and yummy potato balls.

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                  Motherhubbard RE: RacerX Jun 3, 2010 05:38 PM

                  La Terza on Third St near La Cienega used to do a pig one night a week. Don't know if they still do.

                  La Terza
                  8384 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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                    Low Blood Sugar RE: RacerX Jun 9, 2010 02:53 AM

                    I would think that most Cuban restaurants will give you extra skin if you request it. I've done that when ordering carnitas at Mexican places. There's a bakery in Hawthorne called El Zorro. They do roast pork trays to-go around christmas time. There's a couple of square feet of crispy skin in there!

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