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Jan 26, 2014 08:59 AM

Cuban food near Sherman Oaks - which place is best

Hi - please need an update on older posts regarding best place for Cuban with a decent atmosphere. Can anyone report on El Criollo versus Versailles versus a few other places I see around SF Valley? Muchas gracias.

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  1. I've been to El Criollo recently, and it was very good. This is not entirely on point, but you should give Puerto Rican a try also. I like it better than Cuban. Mofongo on Lankershim in North Hollywood is great.

    1. Versailles on Ventura in Encino. So far as I know it's the ONLY Cuban food around but that doesn't diminish the fact that it's good and also quite a bargain.

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      1. re: rainey

        Bargain it may be, but the food and eating scene is out of an old Tom Jones eating scene - you have to be of a certain age to appreciate that comment.
        Never understood why the allure, as the food is really nothing special. Not bad, just not destination-worthy.

        1. re: carter

          No. Not destination worthy but good flavorful Cuban food. I can't say I had better when I lived in FL.

      2. You might give Ay Papa Que Rico http://www.aypapaquerico.com/ a try when in the Van Nuys area and see what you think.

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        1. re: Servorg

          best you're going to get in the area hands down! their smokey grilled chicken is fantastic! very nice people running the place as well.

          ps - it shares a parking lot with el taco llama, which while not amazing is still pretty darn solid. add in the empanadas, chorizo and chimichurri from mercado buenos aires over on sepulveda and you've got our little takeout triangle when we're having a few people over last minute.

        2. Haven't been in a while, but I've eaten at El Criollo since it first opened years ago. I've eat at Versailles a few times but I've never really enjoyed it as much as El Criollo. My favorites are the ropa vieja and arroz con pollo.