3508 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9002634.088901 -118.276577
Monday 11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday 11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Neighborhoods: East LA, Silver Lake
Everything good in L.A. can be found in a strip mall. El Cochinito continues that tradition by serving up authentic homestyle Cuban cuisine. The restaurant is family owned and run for more than 20 years. The roast pork is my favorite. Make sure you order a side of fried plaintains. For lunch, try the Sandwich Cubano. They also serve Victoria beer and sangria.
Excellent delicious cuban food !! – I used to live in echo park & never ate here. Now I live in Pasadena & I drive to the ol' hood to eat here. I have never had a bad meal. The pork, the chicken...Awsome & the friend steak is better than a similar dish at Spago. The cooks know there stuff..The stews are excellent...Everything !!!! My favorite Cuban place in L.A. The prices are excellent & the food is exceptional...BRAVO.
Authentic Cuban cuisine next to Allegria in Silver Lake. – Eastsiders swear it's better than Versailles: Inside this small, family-run spot, the narrow, no-frills dining room is awash in the pervasive scent of garlic. Yellow walls are covered in framed photos of Cuba and the odd straw hat. The food is about as authentic as it gets, from a simple pressed Cuban sandwich to tender, flavor-packed roast pork speckled with crispy bits of skin. On the side, expect a heaping portion of black beans and rice (order them separate or mixed) and tender yucca glazed in a potent garlic sauce. Beyond the popular pork, dishes include roast chicken, steak and garlic shrimp (emphasis on garlic). Weekday lunch specials ranging from paella to veal are under ten bucks. On the side, don’t miss fried bananas of the green or sweet variety.
amazing lechon! – as a puerto rican living in L.A. sometimes i really get a craving for caribbean food. this is about as close to the food i'd get at home without being in the kitchen for hours on end. their lechon asado is simply to die for. so juicy, yet crunchy at the same time. their tostones are good too, and the mojito that goes with it adds great garlic flavor. i have yet to try anything from the this place that didn't satisfy.
mediocre Cuban food – So I wanted to meet a friend of mine for lunch, El Cochinito happened to be the center between both of our jobs, she had been there before, so she recommended it, but she did say it wasn't amazing, but good, so she did pre-warn me. I ordered the skirt steak and it was very dry and the flavor was not good, it tasted old, she had the ground beef and she thought the same, it just didn't have good flavor, she is Cuban and I am Puerto Rican, so we know good hispanic food when we taste it. Versailles was way better and it is a chain cuban restaurant, that's sad. Not to mention the service was just poor, the waitress just seemed bored and non-enthusiastic. I would not waste my time there again. If you want good Cuban food, there is a great place in Glendale called La Cubana, it's the best Cuban food I've had in LA and there is a great Puerto Rican Restaurant in Cypress called BIG ED'S. Happy eating.
Best Cuban food in LA! – To start, Versailes is NOT Cuban food. It tries really hard to be, but it's not nearly as good as the real stuff! I was weened on Cuban food since I was tiny and El Cochinito is one of the only spots in LA that does it right. There's always at least one table open when I go, the food is absolutely delicious and the servers are awesome. You MUST try the tostones with mojo, the breaded steak and the rice pudding (by 7 or 8pm, they usually have sold out of rice pudding- ask for it when you sit down!).
This is the place for Cuban food. – I found out about El Cochinito through a friend that lunched there. I was very curious to try it since I had spent a number of years living in the Caribbean and know the food well. I wasn't disappointed. The food is authentic, flavorful and not greasy. This is particularly true for the chicken fried steak which is served up crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. This dish succeeds or fails based on the breading, which must be crispy, seasoned lightly, adding to the flavor of the steak sealed within. This is how its served up every time I've had it. I met a friend years ago there, who had spent some time in Cuba, he mentioned the chicken fried steak reminded him of his stay and was just as he had it there. But there's other dishes to laud, such as the "ropa vieja" or shredded beef. The chicken fricassee is a real crowd pleaser, and if you've never tried Cuban food its a safe dish to start off with. All their pork dishes are phenomenal and remind me of when I lived in the Caribbean all those years ago. This place is way better than Versailles so if that's all you know, you're in for a treat. Note this is a family restaurant and as such closes on the early side.
Great cuban food – Even know this is a small restaurant, their food its very good and true cuban food!!! My family orders their party packages (which are very in-expensive) and everyone who comes to our parties loves the food too....
Editorial Review – Small family-run Cuban eatery serves simple but authentic meals to Silver Lake regulars in a very small mini-mall location.
Magically Delicious! – This place rocks! I had the roasted pork, which was magically delicious! The black beans are authentic and much better than the ones at Versailles. Don't pass up the fried bananas!
Delicious Cuban food! – Definitely the most authentic Cuban food in around! The place has a real home town atmosphere. Great service and huge portions for the money. This is the place to go for Cuban home cookingfor lunch or dinner.
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