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La Cabanita in Glendale

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Has anyone been to La Cabanita in Glendale? How is that food? Are there any don't miss items?

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  1. Been there and highly enjoyed it. I had a slow cooked pork in a green mole sauce. Huge amounts of pork chunks covered in a very rich and complex green mole. The wifey had spiced beef tacos (forget the full name, it was several months ago) with raisins and some other unique ingredients I can't seem to recall. Regardless, it was different but very delicious. Great staff, very friendly atmosphere and good margaritas.

    Link: http://www.jeffmauro.com

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    1. re: jeffro

      Totally had the same thing. What is it about us Midwesterners and pig meat? Ugh I feel some semetic guilt kicking in right . . . . NOW!

    2. We were just there on Saturday -- the food is terrific, had the carnitas plate, good as always.

      1. is it mexican or cuban? what's that cuban restaurant in glendale called, thats supposed to be good?

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        1. re: fooooOOOd
          Das Ubergeek

          You're thinking of Havana Beach Cafe, which used to be right next door and is now up on Honolulu in downtown Montrose.

          La Cabanita is fantastic -- love the quezadilla with rajas, and the enchiladas con mole.

          1. re: fooooOOOd

            You might be thinking of Portos. It's a cuban deli/cafe with three separate sections: sandwiches/coffee, sweets, and bread. I've had the vegetarian sandwich (tomato and feta on baguette), and I don't eat meat, but I've seen the cuban (ham and some other pork with cheese). The sandwiches come with fresh made plaintain chips. Everything looks great and the place is always packed. You do have to wait, but for the number of customers they are surprisingly efficient. It's cheap but I must say the portions are on the small side. When I go back I will have to order two sandwiches to be full.

            Address is 315 N. Brand in Glendale.

            1. re: Aristotelian
              Das Ubergeek

              Please don't change the subject line... those of us using Hotposts from the main page don't see threads and the subject line is the only way we can keep the threads straight.

              Porto's is a Cuban bakery but there is a Cuban restaurant called Havana Beach Cafe on Honolulu between Verdugo/Montrose and Ocean View, on the north side of the street, about five blocks from La Cabanita.

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            For me. my all time favorite dish is the "Sopes Compuestas". No not try to get this dish to go ... it is not the same when travelling.

            I also like the "Enchiladas en Mole".

            The chips are especially good and I love their red salsa.

            Really crowded weekends, lunchtime and evening. But you can catch some reasonable relaxation late afternoon ... just before dinner. With trial and error, this is my favorite time.

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            1. re: SilverlakeGirl

              Excellent margaritas, too.

            2. I'll cast another vote for the Mole Verde with pork.

              1. I'll join in the numerous recommendations for La Cabanita -- they have one of the best chicken soups in town. Really good salsas, moles and rellenos as well.

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                1. re: DanaB

                  Oh, DanaB is so right. The Caldo de Pollo comes with big hunks of fresh avocado, carrots, chicken, potatoes, zucchini and the broth base is really nice.

                  Come to think of it, once of the 20 or so times I've had it, the soup was overly salty which I believe was because the soup pot sat on the stove too long -- the water had boiled away. Lots of margaritas on the rocks were required to wash it down.

                  There's also a great house salad that comes with a honey vinegarette dressing and raisins. Try it with the raisin pork taco.

                2. Also, the Sopapillas for desert are fantastic. Softly fried triangles of thick flour tortillas (not quite the size of a sope) drizzled with generous amounts of honey and cinnamon. perfect with there delicious coffee.

                  Link: http://www.jeffmauro.com

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                  1. re: jeffro

                    sounds pretty sweet. Had the something similar at my friend Pooh's house, but I think it was Tigger and Piglet's recipe.

                    1. re: blackbookali

                      anything besides pork and chicken dishes that is great here????


                      1. re: kevin

                        Quesadilla con rajas. Lamb mixiote is an occasional special. Enmoladas.

                        1. re: Das Ubergeek

                          con rajas sounds awesome. It reminds me of the dish at La Super Rica taqueria (yes, the much aforementioned and infamous one loved by Julia Childs in Santa Barbara).


                    2. re: jeffro

                      Somehow I've missed those. (Probably because Donut Man is only about 40 miles away. ;-) You don't mention the chief characteristic of New Mexican sopaipillas -- they puff up greatly in the frying. Are these the same animal? Does La Cabanita also serve them stuffed with ice cream?

                      I like a few things at this place -- the soups, the chiles en nogada -- and good sopaipillas might bring me in more often.

                      La Cabanita
                      3447 N Verdugo Rd, Glendale, CA 91208

                      1. re: sbritchky

                        I looked at the online menu and it doesn't seem to have a lot of the items you guys are mentioning.

                        1. re: pudd

                          What url did you use? At the top level, google pulls up the correct street address but gives http://www.lacabanita.com/, which is a restaurant in Illinois. I didn't leaf through all the other listings to see if the Glendale Cabanita has an on-line menu. I've been there within the last few weeks, however, and can assure you that the items I mentioned were still being served.

                          1. re: sbritchky

                            Thanks for the info. You were right it was the place in Illinois. I might check it out Sunday, but I'm going to Animal too so maybe next week.

                    3. La Cabanita is a restaurant I could eat at twice a week for the rest of my life if I lived closer. When my friends and I go, we stuff our faces with multiple appetizers and entrees until they have to wheelbarrow us out the door.

                      Has anyone had that dish made with egg stuffed meatballs? I didn't notice it until after I ordered last time. I'm gonna get that next.

                      1. I simply don't understand the love that La Cabanita gets.

                        Soggy chips, bland and gluey moles, and carnitas that always taste dried out for some reason.

                        And spotty service to boot.

                        And restaurants with a bunch of photos of washed-up celebs always make me a bit queasy ...

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                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          No disrespect whatsoever. Seriously. This post made me laugh so hard. This has to be some plant from a taqueria or local competitor. Soggy chips and gluey moles??? Ha ha! That's awesome.

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            I have had the soggy chip problem (but not recently). I haven't had bland or gluey moles, and I don't order carnitas there... but you're right about spotty service. I just go in knowing about it.

                            There are photos of celebs?? Where?

                            1. re: Das Ubergeek

                              Ok, "celebs" may be overstating it. But Kathy Vara is prominently displayed in the backroom (newscaster from I believe Channel 7?).

                              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                You can be assured of a good, relaxing meal at La Cabanita if you go off-hours. It's no Babita or Serenata, but everything is decent, and some dishes (those chiles en nogada, for example, despite being drowned in the sauce) are very good. I'm not as negative about this place as I was a couple of years ago. If the mentioned sopaipillas are good, I'll like it even more.

                                Ah, yes, the service. The waiters are nice guys, but some get a look of terror in their eyes when several large tables of Glendalites come marching in. Bring a lunch in case that happens. (I will say that last time one of them seemed to be showing a little leadership over the staff and monitoring them more closely than I had seen before.)

                                1. re: sbritchky

                                  what do you mean by Glendale-ites as opposed to other customers?


                                  1. re: kevin

                                    I meant that this relatively little-known place is in Glendale, so the largest tables are probably filled with Glendalites -- i.e., local cats. As far as I know, they could be people coming down from Guadalupe who are tired of the low prices at La Simpatía. But the point is not the customers. It's the fact that service can decline dramatically at La Cabanita as the number of customers goes up.

                                    What did you think I meant, kevin?

                                2. re: Das Ubergeek

                                  There's a picture of Elizabeth Taylor, and Larry Fortensky on one of the back walls. No, I don't have her life, jewelry collection, or philanthropy, but we do share a love of tortilla chips!

                              2. Four of us had dinner here last night. After reading all the posts, I hoped it was worth the drive from Sherman Oaks. It was! Wonderful chips and salsa's. Very tasty Margaritas with a punch. We all shared the nachos. Good. Hubs and I shared our two entrees. 3 Flautas (2 chicken and 1 potato) and pork covered with the green mole sauce. The pork dish came with homemade tortillas. Both were excellent. If I had any complaint, it would be none of the food was piping hot. Both dishes came with black beans and rice, again, very good. I would certainly return and work my way through the menu...Cheers

                                1. This is my favorite Mexican place to go to. Probably the best chips and salsa in town, strong and excellent margaritas, delicious entrees, and never any next-day "issues" (for lack of a better term.)

                                  1. We regularly drive to La Cabanita from Sherman Oaks. Our favorite dish is the three chiles--one relleno, one vegetariano and one La Cabanita style. A dish you won't find elsewhere and absolutely delicious.

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                                    1. re: farmertomato

                                      Big big fan of La Cab going on three years now. The tacos de rajas con crema are to die for; ditto the chile en nogada as well as the pork chop (forget the name of it now). The red salsa has a richness, warmth and depth that I find alluring time and again; the squeaky-sunshine-lime-grove green salsa is simply sunshine on a chip.

                                      The soups are incredible, too; try the cream of carrot and cream of corn -- insanely fresh!

                                      All that said, I HAVE noticed a small variation in quality from visit to visit; by far, 90% of my visits have been met with nothing less than pure rapture and enjoyment, but sometimes -- for whatever reason -- the stuff's not QUITE up to snuff. Little things mostly, like my cream of carrot soup was a little on the salty side last weekend, and the chile en nogada sauce was lacking in flavor (usually that sauce sends me over the moon).

                                      This is not your standard "combo plate" Mexican place; it's fantastic, unique cookery and very affordable at that.

                                      Love it.