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Aug 15, 2013 11:48 AM

ISO-Cuban food

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

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  1. 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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    1. re: El Chevere

      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.

    2. 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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      1. re: master815k

        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.

        1. re: master815k

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

          1. re: El Chevere

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

            1. re: El Chevere

              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:


            2. re: master815k

              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. 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.