Thursday, July 19, 2007

Two Alternatives to Versailles

Although it is far from Cuba, Los Angeles still has a number of good Cuban restaurants. If you are tired of waiting in line at the popular Los Angeles restaurant chain Versailles http://www.versaillescuban.com/ , you may want to try a couple of good alternatives.

El Criollo is a small Cuban oasis in the midst of the Van Nuys - North Hollywood borderland. The personal attention from the owner and staff are refreshing in this sunny but cold city. The plantains are delicious and the garlic chicken has more than enough garlic for even the most garlic loving of the family of food. My only complaint is that the bread is not good, but I have been told it is pretty traditional.

El Rincon Criollo is another solid Cuban restaurant. This restaurant is on Sepulveda in Culver City. The food here is very good and I gladly take lunch here when I get the chance.

Both places are casual and low priced.

El Criollo
13245 Victory BlvdVan Nuys, CA91401
(818) 508-0865

El Rincon Criollo
4361 Sepulveda BlvdCulver City, CA90230
(310) 391-4478

4 comments:

hermitdeb said...

There's a really good Cuban place in L.A., but I can't remember the name of it. It's off of Sunset Blvd., very very close to KCET.

Family of Food said...

Wow! Fast comments from Hermitdeb. Guess I posted just in time. Need to update the Family of food map now : )

Family of Food said...

So, I've done a minor bit of research online... is it Havana on Sunset? I haven't been there yet, but I'll have to try it. Thanks for your post Deb!

Humma Kavula said...

We ate at Havana Mania, in the strip mall at the corner of Manhattan Beach Blvd and Inglewood Ave in Redondo Beach.

It was good and there was no wait.

However, I love Versailles, and in my opinion, Havana Mania was not quite as good. The garlic-and-lemon did not pop in quite the same way. Still: no wait and (for us) no drive.

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