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Cuban food near Sherman Oaks - which place is best

wolfmom Jan 26, 2014 08:59 AM

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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    MarkC RE: wolfmom Jan 26, 2014 11:02 AM

    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.

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      rainey RE: wolfmom Jan 26, 2014 11:06 AM

      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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        carter RE: rainey Jan 26, 2014 11:27 AM

        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.

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          rainey RE: carter Jan 26, 2014 02:17 PM

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

      2. Servorg RE: wolfmom Jan 26, 2014 01:17 PM

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

        Menu: http://static.squarespace.com/static/...

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          goldpackage RE: Servorg Jan 26, 2014 02:39 PM

          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. Kate is always hungry RE: wolfmom Jan 26, 2014 06:38 PM

          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.

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