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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.

TIA!

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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.

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    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.

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      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.

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

        1. 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

          1. Xiomara

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            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.

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              Xiomara
              6101 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038