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Best Cuban Restaurants In Los Angeles

May 8, 2013 6:00 AM

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(credit: El Criollo)

(credit: El Criollo)

(credit: Versailles Encino)

(credit: Versailles Encino)


There are so many fantastic Cuban restaurants to choose from in LA, especially for someone like myself – a Cuban and Puerto Rican now living in Los Angeles. If you’re in search of some amazing Cuban cuisine you’ll definitely want to check out this list of the best Cuban food in LA.

(credit: El Floridita)

(credit: El Floridita)

El Floridita

1253 N.Vine St.
Hollywood, CA 90038
(323) 871-8612
www.elfloridita.com

This restaurant is historic as it was first established in Havana, Cuba in 1820 and was later renamed “La Florida” in 1898. It was later brought to California to bring Hollywood the best Cuban food they could ever have. It was and still is a celebrity hot spot because of its great food. All people are welcome to the Floridita to have their excellent cuisine, and to taste their famous daiquiri.

(credit: Cuba De Oro)

(credit: Cuba De Oro)

Cuba De Oro

1745 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 661-5900
www.cubadeoro.com

This restaurant offers high quality, freshness, and crave-able flavors in their cuisine. These are just a few of the many qualities you will find at Cuba De Oro. They have created an original and distinctive style with their mouthwatering dishes. This restaurant will definitely offer your palette flavors that are unique, delicious, and authentically Cuban.

(credit: El Criollo)

(credit: El Criollo)

El Criollo Restaurant

6622 Van Nuys Blvd.
Van Nuys, CA 91405
(818) 785-8625
vannuys.cubanfoodla.com

El Criollo established itself as a freshly modern, yet still traditional full-service restaurant in the bustling downtown Van Nuys area. They provide the finest, most flavorful Cuban cuisine at reasonable prices. The food is served quickly and the taste is still amazing. It’s Cuban food at it’s best.

(credit: Porto's)

(credit: Porto’s)

Porto’s Burbank

3614 West Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA‎ 91505
(818) 846-9100‎
www.portosbakery.com

Porto’s is one of the most unique Cuban family-owned restaurants in LA. Rosa Porto (who created the Café/Bakery) had a motto: “quality is the number one ingredient in everything we do.” I’m happy to say quality is what they serve in all their dishes and baked goods. Porto’s Bakery & Café serves thousands of customers who come far and wide to taste their delicious dishes and desserts.

(credit: No Jodas!)

(credit: No Jodas!)

No Jodas! Cuban Kitchen Food Truck

(818) 736-1365
www.nojodaskitchen.com

“No Jodas” is a Cuban food truck serving amazing cuisine throughout Los Angeles. It was created to give people the opportunity to find a mobile eatery serving authentic Cuban food in LA. They serve the best Cuban food this side of Miami! Their menu is filled with family recipes straight from Cuba, to enrich the dishes. If you love food trucks and Cuban food, this is one truck you definitely want to hunt down.

(credit: Versailles Encino)

(credit: Versailles Encino)

Versailles Encino

17410 Ventura Blvd
Encino, CA 91316
(818) 906-0756
www.versaillescuban.com

My favorite of the four Versailles locations is the Encino location. Their menu includes classic dishes such as roast pork, beef tongue, sautéed oxtail, halibut in garlic sauce, and — my favorite — the roasted chicken marinated in Versailles Mojo sauce. These flavorful dishes have made Versailles one of LA’s most popular Cuban restaurants. It’s the first Cuban restaurant I ever visited in LA and continue to go to. The food will keep you coming back for more.

Vanessa Diaz is a freelance writer and blogger. You can find her on her blogs The Queen of Swag and Disney Domain. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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