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tattud_gurl Aug 15, 2013 11:48 AM

on the level of Versailles in LA. Garlic chicken, fried plantains, etc.
Any chow-worthy Cuban in San Diego?

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    wrldtrvl Aug 18, 2013 06:46 PM

    I have been to Cuba, a long time ago (sigh). I have no idea why Andres is so popular/long-lasting. I went only once. Very bland and nothing like my memories of Cuba. Azucar--of course, mostly sweets, but an excellent place, if only a tiny bit of what is Cuban cuisine.

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      master815k Aug 18, 2013 01:37 PM

      I am from Miami and have been to Andres. Would not go back if you are expecting anywhere close to authentic Cuban. Good luck and let me know if you find any!

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        ipsedixit Aug 18, 2013 06:56 PM

        Well, if the OP is looking for the SD-equivalent of Versailles, and your description of Andres (as well as wrldtrvl's below) is accurate, then Andres is the perfect recommendation.

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          El Chevere Aug 19, 2013 09:03 AM

          One other place that comes to mind--that I have not been to, so I cannot personally comment--is Azafran in Oceanside:


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            koreansoup Aug 25, 2013 01:07 AM

            open - airy. fun atmosphere. decent menu. decent food. Not rock star

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              Norm Man Aug 25, 2013 02:06 PM

              Azafran in Oceanside went out of business. The web site is being updated for Kpaza Food Truck though (from the first page of the web site:


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              El Chevere Aug 19, 2013 09:08 AM

              To be honest, Versailles never had my toes curling either nor did Felix's in the circle in Orange.....surprised I have not come across any Cuban restaurants in Tijuana (though there is the touristy La Bodeguita del Medio in Mexico City and Puerto Vallarta).

            3. El Chevere Aug 15, 2013 01:25 PM

              You could try Andres near Linda Vista which is acceptable but it doesn't come close to El Aljibe (for those of you who know what I am talking about)....I do happen to love the Cuban pressed sandwiches, however, at Azucar in Ocean Beach along with their mojito cookies..

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                DoctorChow Aug 15, 2013 02:58 PM

                So I take it you've been to Havana? Impressive!

                I like everything about Andres (back here in SD) except the food, which I think is very bland.

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                  El Chevere Aug 15, 2013 03:40 PM

                  10 times.

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                    DoctorChow Aug 15, 2013 04:01 PM

                    Very cool, El C.

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