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jessejames May 22, 2014 04:39 PM

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. Porthos RE: jessejames May 22, 2014 04:47 PM

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

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      jessejames RE: Porthos May 22, 2014 04:49 PM

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

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        josephnl RE: Porthos May 22, 2014 08:15 PM

        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)!

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          JAB RE: josephnl May 22, 2014 08:20 PM

          Have you tried Bella Cuba near South Coast Plaza?

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            Eater15 RE: JAB May 25, 2014 01:04 AM

            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.

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              JAB RE: Eater15 May 25, 2014 07:05 AM

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

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                Porthos RE: Eater15 May 25, 2014 09:03 AM

                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.

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              TheOffalo RE: josephnl May 22, 2014 08:51 PM

              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.

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                ipsedixit RE: josephnl May 22, 2014 08:54 PM

                Porto's?

                Or is that too obvious.

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                  Porthos RE: josephnl May 22, 2014 08:57 PM

                  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.

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                    OCSteve RE: Porthos May 23, 2014 10:30 AM

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

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                      josephnl RE: Porthos May 23, 2014 02:08 PM

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

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                        carter RE: josephnl May 24, 2014 05:05 PM

                        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...

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                          TheOffalo RE: josephnl May 24, 2014 09:09 PM

                          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. J.L. RE: jessejames May 22, 2014 05:10 PM

                    Get a batido to drown your sorrows.

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                      ipsedixit RE: J.L. May 22, 2014 06:21 PM

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

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                        jessejames RE: J.L. May 22, 2014 06:38 PM

                        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!

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                          TheOffalo RE: jessejames May 22, 2014 07:44 PM

                          Oxtail was definitely the best bet.

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                            jessejames RE: TheOffalo May 22, 2014 09:18 PM

                            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?

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                              TheOffalo RE: jessejames May 22, 2014 10:24 PM

                              Oxtail pho is not bad at Phorage.

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                                jessejames RE: TheOffalo May 23, 2014 08:14 AM

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

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                                  BacoMan RE: jessejames May 23, 2014 01:43 PM

                                  Willie Jane.

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                                    jessejames RE: BacoMan May 23, 2014 02:01 PM

                                    Looks nice thanks for tip

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                                  phamschottler RE: TheOffalo May 23, 2014 09:11 AM

                                  I agree with this (re: oxtail pho).

                        2. Tripeler RE: jessejames May 23, 2014 05:40 PM

                          Is it part of a chain with Fernwood 2Nite?

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                            jessejames RE: Tripeler May 23, 2014 05:47 PM

                            What was Fred Willard's joint in Hollywood ?

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                              Tripeler RE: jessejames May 25, 2014 04:19 AM

                              Jerry Hubbard's joint.

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