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La Cubana, Glendale

WildSwede | Mar 14, 2006 11:57 AM

Six of us went before a show last Thursday. We arrived a little after 6 and there were only 3 seated tables. The restaurant is really nice inside, recently redone and expanded – there are three separate rooms – we were seated in the room to the left of the entry room and it had beautiful black and white pictures on the walls. As the room filled up, the noise level went up as well (the room is very echo-y).
For appetizers we ordered 2 orders of the Yuca Con Mojo (Cassava with Garlic Sauce) the texture was like a very starchy potato served lukewarm with a delicious garlic sauce (I would definitely have this again).
I ordered the Ropa Vieja with Plantains and Moros (white rice cooked with black beans). The waitress indicated that this is the dish they sell the most of and I can see why - this dish was AMAZING. The beef was succulent and delicious. The plantains were fried to perfection and the Moro was really, really good. I know that there was some argument over their Moros when I originally posted asking about La Cubana, but I have to say I found them very good – but this is the first time I have had them, so I do not have anything to compare them to.
Others at the table ordered the Lengua Entomatada (Beef Tongue in Tomato Sauce) – this was really good – the tongue was very tender and the tomato sauce really enhanced it. Media Noche sandwich (ham, roast pork, mustard, butter, mayo, pickles on a semi-sweet roll) – I only had a small corner of this but I am sure it was good. Potaje de Frijoles Colorados (red bean soup) – now, this was really good. I could see this poured over the white rice and making a really satisfying dish. So good. Camarones Empanizados (breaded shrimp) - did not taste these. And another order of Ropa Vieja.
I believe that the tab came to a little over $90 before tip (this included a glass of wine and a soda or two).
I would definitely go back. Service was warm and helpful (I was the only one in the party who did not speak Spanish, so she quickly converted back to English when she was conversing with me and was more than happy to answer all my questions).

La Cubana Restaurant
720 E Colorado St. (east of Glendale)
Glendale, CA 91205
(818) 243-4398

Link: http://www.lacubanarestaurant.com/

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