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ISO Good Cuban Restaurant (Not Versailles) in LA, East Valley, or Pasadena

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Sleepyquan Jun 2, 2010 09:42 PM

Hey Hounds,

I'm looking to take my husband out to dinner with a few friends for his birthday. He wants Cuban, but we've already done Versailles multiple times for previous bdays. Are there any rec's for a good Cuban restaurant in L.A., the Eastern part of the Valley, or Pasadena? We're not looking to spend a bunch, but I don't want a fast food place either.

TIA!

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    Nicole Jun 2, 2010 09:47 PM

    I used to frequent Cuba Central (downtown L.A.) when I worked in the area, and I always enjoyed it. But I haven't been back in a couple of years.

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    Cuba Central
    114 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    1. Das Ubergeek Jun 3, 2010 09:49 AM

      When I last went, Guantanamera in Burbank was decent (better than Versailles, but not even close to Miami standards); I haven't been in a while and I haven't heard anything in a while, so go with your eyes open.

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      Guantanamera Restaurant Inc.
      916 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA

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        sel Jun 3, 2010 10:12 AM

        I like El Rincon Criollo on occasion, better food, smaller and quieter space than Versailles. I only order the roast chicken or roast pork, both served with plantains, black beans and white rice and the tropical fruit shakes are tasty.

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        El Rincon Criollo
        4361 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

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          sel Jun 3, 2010 10:26 AM

          Girlfriend likes Baracoa, maybe worth a try if you are nearby.

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          Baracoa Cuban Cafe
          3175 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

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            pinpei Jun 3, 2010 10:45 AM

            Xiomara

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            Xiomara
            6101 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

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              rnp0123 Jun 3, 2010 01:49 PM

              I agree with Xiomara. We had a fantastic dinner there a couple of months ago. However, very troubling that it was so empty.

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              Xiomara
              6101 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

            2. ipsedixit Jun 3, 2010 11:08 AM

              How about Portos?

              A cubano paired with a mojito (virgin), finished off with a tres leches cake and I'd be a happy birthday companion.

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                inlikeflt Jun 3, 2010 04:43 PM

                No offense, but the Cubano at Porto sis all kinds of wrong - wrong bread, wrong mustard, wrong cooking..ugh. I will admit some of their other stuff if pretty good, but the Cuban is just wrong.

                That said, I agree with the other poster about Baracoa, the Ropa Vieja and the Ox-tail are great.

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                estone888 Jun 3, 2010 11:22 AM

                I'm partial to either El Cochinito in Silverlake, on Sunset Blvd. Or El Colmao on Pico near Vermont. Both are very reasonably priced and have very good food.

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                El Colmao
                2328 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

                El Cochinito
                3508 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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                  Jerome Jun 4, 2010 02:02 AM

                  I prefer el colmao, but for convenience, la floridita in hollywood isn't bad.

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                  Newkie Jun 9, 2010 05:16 PM

                  Mambo's in Burbank has good food, though not exactly a special occasion place.

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                    Ernie Jun 9, 2010 06:12 PM

                    La Cubana in Glendale is very good and the atmosphere is nice enough for a birthday

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                    La Cubana Restaurant
                    135 North Maryland Avenue, Glendale, CA

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                      Theo Jun 9, 2010 06:22 PM

                      I really enjoy: http://www.elfloridita.com/ (in Hollywood)

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                        mawf1977 Jun 9, 2010 06:47 PM

                        I second El Floridita. A little pricey for dinner, but a great entertainment on the weekends. Restaurant.com has a pretty decent coupon if you want to check it out! Roasted chicken was awesome.

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                        El Floridita
                        1253 Vine St Ste 3, Los Angeles, CA 90038

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