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Jun 2, 2010 09:42 PM

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

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.


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  1. 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.

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

    1. 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.

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

      1. 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.

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

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

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

          1. Xiomara

            6101 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

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            1. re: pinpei

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

              6101 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038