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OK, I know not a board favorite. I have a meeting tonight essentially a few blocks away and my friend loves it....anything to get apart from the chicken or the pork? Fruit juices? i've had the spinach empanadas (so so)...oxtail?

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  1. Versailles is so mediocre for cuban food. Go oxtail or ropa vieja. It's your best bet.

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    1. re: Porthos

      thanks porthos....my expectations are low. i just can't have the garlic chicken every time. i do like oxtail.

      1. re: Porthos

        Is there something better in southern CA for Cuban? Just saw Chef and my mouth is watering for a great Cubano sandwich (such as in the movie or as I've had in Miami in the past)!

        1. re: josephnl

          Have you tried Bella Cuba near South Coast Plaza?

          1. re: JAB

            Am I the only one who finds their food too salty? I like a properly seasoned meal. I don't think I've accused a restaurant of oversalting more than 2 or 3 times in a long career of eating out at restaurants.

            I like Bella Cuba and I still go back from time to time but I think they miss the mark pretty badly with the seasoning.

            De Simone's Deli in Huntington makes a fine Cuban. I also have had some good ones at random Mexican trucks around Santa Ana.

            1. re: Eater15

              I didn't care for their garlic sauce which appears frequently because it has a sour profile.

              1. re: Eater15

                Am I the only one who finds their food too salty?
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                Which dishes? I get the arroz con pollo pretty regularly, at least once a month and it's never been too salty. Neither has the ropa vieja the several times I've ordered it. I do not prefer my food over salted and go light on salt when I cook.

            2. re: josephnl

              As inauthentic as it is, I actually like Versailles. I've never had their Cuban sandwiches though. For those I guess there's always Porto's. I also like Cafe Tropical's sandwiches. For lechon, a Cuban former coworker likes El Cochinito.

              1. re: josephnl

                Porto's?

                Or is that too obvious.

                1. re: josephnl

                  Bella Cuba is much better at every dish.

                  Cubano is their weak link though and the one thing I suggest you avoid.

                  Get the arroz con pollo, the oxtail, ropa vieja, try the tostones, stuffed yucca is also very good. Their roast chicken and pork are moist and not dried out.

                  1. re: Porthos

                    Agreed. Skip the Cubano. I would add vaca frita to the dishes above.

                    1. re: Porthos

                      Where can I get a great Cubano. After watching the Chef, I need one!

                      1. re: josephnl

                        You might try Xiomara's On Melrose - 6101 Melrose, near Larchmont.
                        Lunch menu here. I have not been in a long time, but back then, it was quite good:
                        http://www.xiomararestaurant.com/lunc...

                        1. re: josephnl

                          I didn't see this posted anywhere but I may have missed it, but El Jefe is doing four nights (tonight's night #2) of their Cubano pop-up at the Grove. 7-11 PM or until sold out. Last night they were sold out by 10 PM according to Roy Choi's Instagram.

                  2. Get a batido to drown your sorrows.

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                    1. re: J.L.

                      Or just water to wash down that cotton ball masquerading as chicken.

                      1. re: J.L.

                        Team,thanks. Off to meeting fortified with a mango batido and the braised oxtail. Oxtail was abundant, practically gelatenous and had nice marrow. Tomatoey peppery liquid. Rice beans plantains. Batido not too sweet or thick but very mangoey and satisfying. Under the circumstances I think i did quite well. Thanks for the help. I dodged a cottonball. Back to work event then time for some liquor!

                        1. re: jessejames

                          Oxtail was definitely the best bet.

                          1. re: TheOffalo

                            I enjoyed it. I've had oxtail a few other ways and this is among the better preparations. Not the best but worked well w rice beans plantains too. Where else do u like chasing tail?

                            1. re: jessejames

                              Oxtail pho is not bad at Phorage.

                              1. re: TheOffalo

                                Sounds like a good way to eat it. Any soul food favorites?

                                1. re: jessejames

                                  Willie Jane.

                                  1. re: BacoMan

                                    Looks nice thanks for tip

                                2. re: TheOffalo

                                  I agree with this (re: oxtail pho).

                        2. Is it part of a chain with Fernwood 2Nite?

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                          1. re: Tripeler

                            What was Fred Willard's joint in Hollywood ?

                            1. re: jessejames

                              Jerry Hubbard's joint.