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California Puerto Rican / Caribbean Restaurants

Updated: 12/03/2014: Deleted Puerto Rican restaurants that closed down :(

Here is the most updated list of Puerto Rican / Caribbean restaurants in California. Unfortunately we have seen many great Puerto Rican restaurants come and go in the past 10 years, so please bookmark these restaurants and check them out if you are in the area!

If you see a Puerto Rican restaurant (or a place that serves Puerto Rican food) that is not on this list, please email me and let me know, thank you!



NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

ALAMEDA COUNTY

Borinquen Soul
Borinquen Soul Borinquen Soul 58 reviews Borinquen Soul on Yelp
1531 E 31St
East Oakland
Oakland, CA 94619

+1-925-330-9251

Laurie F.'s Review Laurie F.
5 Stars

Love the authentic tasty food of Puerto Rico..... Hats off to the Borinquen Soul Food Truck!!! I love the fact they travel to different cities of the Bay...

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Michelle B.'s Review Michelle B.
5 Stars

"Maria Maria...She reminds me of a west side story...Growing up in Spanish Harlem....She fell in love in East L.A....to the sounds of the guitar, yeah, yeah...

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Jewel L.'s Review Jewel L.
4 Stars

I have eaten this food truck twice now and can confidently give a reasonable review.

I'm not an expert on Latin American food in general but this stuff is...

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Marus Kitchen
Marus Kitchen Marus Kitchen 12 reviews Marus Kitchen on Yelp
East Oakland
Oakland, CA 94603

+1-510-969-0421

Gilmarys R.'s Review Gilmarys R.
5 Stars

AMAZING! I have to say the Best Pasteles ever!!! My family and I have been ordering pasteles thru them for the past couple of years. Wouldn't go anywhere else!

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Alison R.'s Review Alison R.
5 Stars

We used Marus catering for our wedding. We worked with her son David. He was very easy to work with and attempted to accommodate us as best he could. My...

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Nichole G.'s Review Nichole G.
5 Stars

We were having a birthday lunch for our boss and didn't want the same food that we always order pizza, mexican, sandwiches ect.. so after yelping and...

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MARIN COUNTY

Sol Food
Sol Food Sol Food 231 reviews Sol Food on Yelp
401 Miller Ave
Mill Valley, CA 94941

+1-415-380-1986

Justin I.'s Review Justin I.
5 Stars

A great place to stop by after a day of hiking. The food is a tad salty but perfect after hiking .

Pork chop was awesome and rice cooked perfect

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Amy A.'s Review Amy A.
3 Stars

OK, I know I'll get a lot of flak for this but... Sol Food is not that great. It isn't. All you Marin Count mountain bike riders, hikers and pot smokers...

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Hetal P.'s Review Hetal P.
4 Stars

The food is 4 stars but the setup of this place on a busy day, which im guessing it is often, SUCKS! It gets really hectic and its such a tiny place yet...

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901 Lincoln Ave
San Rafael, CA 94901

+1-415-451-4765

Jan M.'s Review Jan M.
5 Stars

OMG-this is what I call service. I saw a long line for this restaurant and checked it out in line prior to arriving in town. I will say they are on their...

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mike j.'s Review mike j.
4 Stars

Grabbed a late lunch here, as every other time I've come by the line is out the door! I was lucky to be in the area around 3-4 p.m., and got a seat right...

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Umesh T.'s Review Umesh T.
3 Stars

Upon subsequent visits, I must say that it's a solid three stars. A little over-hyped (thanks to Guy Fieri in no small parts) but still pretty good.

The...

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Sol Food
Sol Food Sol Food 276 reviews Sol Food on Yelp
811 4th St
San Rafael, CA 94901

+1-415-451-4765

Lara M.'s Review Lara M.
5 Stars

During the months of February 2014 - September 2014, while attending school nearby, I discovered this glorious place.

The food is VERY VERY good... and...

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Jared L.'s Review Jared L.
3 Stars

We ordered two pollo sandwiches and one order of tostones con queso, for take out. Got there maybe five minutes after they said to come, and another five...

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Darcy R.'s Review Darcy R.
4 Stars

My recommendation: Pollo al horno with one sweet plantain and one garlic plantain, pink beans and a mango tea. I always get a bottle of the hot sauce as...

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SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY

Parada 22
Parada 22 Parada 22 653 reviews Parada 22 on Yelp
1805 Haight St
The Haight
San Francisco, CA 94117

+1-415-750-1111

Kristine B.'s Review Kristine B.
5 Stars

Absolutely delicious! I had the chicken and caramelised onions dish $11.50. It also came with rice (choice of white or yellow), beans (choice again between...

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Ruxin H.'s Review Ruxin H.
5 Stars

Had been to Puerto Rico and been always craving to have some authentic Puerto Rican food in the mainland. Found this after biking trip in GG park. Not very...

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Denise K.'s Review Denise K.
3 Stars

My boyfriend and I just finished watching the movie, "Chef." We had the biggest craving for Cubano's afterwards. Searched on Yelp to see where we could get...

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Parada 22 POP-UP
Parada 22 POP-UP Parada 22 POP-UP 27 reviews Parada 22 POP-UP on Yelp
3296 22nd St
Mission
San Francisco, CA 94110

+1-415-824-4088

Angelina G.'s Review Angelina G.
5 Stars

I've been here twice. Hearty food and big portions. My first time trying Puerto Rican food, so I do not know what to compare it to.

I love tostones...

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Anna G.'s Review Anna G.
5 Stars

Ordering a plate of carnitas is always a bit of a risk. After all, it's just a big plate of shredded meat. Well, this might be the most amazing plate of...

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Krista L.'s Review Krista L.
4 Stars

This place was terrific. It was empty when we showed up at 6:30 with a group of 7 on a Saturday, and the entire middle section was still empty when we left...

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SONOMA COUNTY

400 Mendocino Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

+1-707-542-8868

J T.'s Review J T.
5 Stars

All around excellent first time experience! We were in downtown SR and missing our favorite Puerto Rican restaurant in San Rafael, and decided to try El...

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Amanda M.'s Review Amanda M.
4 Stars

I have never had Puerto Rican food before so I decided to give this place a try after hearing my coworkers brag about it. I was skeptical to try new...

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Jorge M.'s Review Jorge M.
1 Stars

This place used to be good. But unfortunately with my experience today this place has really gone downhill.

Starting off with lack of service. My...

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA



LOS ANGELES COUNTY

7931 E. Firestone Boulavard
Downey, CA 90241

+1-562-867-8128

pat h.'s Review pat h.
5 Stars

My son and I ate at their original location (pictures are on their web site).

All I can say is the food was DELICIOUS!!

I'm so glad that moved much closer...

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Anthony C.'s Review Anthony C.
1 Stars

Place doesnt seem to exist; too bad, they had good food at the other location. The night club they are suppose to be in is never seems to be open during the...

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La Puma Rosa
La Puma Rosa La Puma Rosa 1 reviews La Puma Rosa on Yelp
510 E Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802

+1-323-973-8358

Evelyn C.'s Review Evelyn C.
5 Stars

My family and I have always tried finding a joint that made homemade Puerto Rican food. I tried this restaurant when they were locate in Watts and I loved...

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5757 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood
North Hollywood, CA 91601

+1-818-754-1051

Errick P.'s Review Errick P.
5 Stars

One of the best restaurants for Authentic Puerto Rican food in the Valley. I've ordered from here a countless number of times, and I've never been...

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Rick S.'s Review Rick S.
5 Stars

I break my diet to taste the food from my little island in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico ... I love the food here, hands down!

I get the sampler plate, tres...

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Ninja B.'s Review Ninja B.
3 Stars

It was... interesting.
I've never had Puerto Rican food, so I wasn't sure what to expect.
I got the pollo guisado. It was okay. MUCH better after I added...

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ORANGE COUNTY

Senor Big Ed
Senor Big Ed Senor Big Ed 222 reviews Senor Big Ed on Yelp
5490 Lincoln Ave
Cypress, CA 90630

+1-714-821-1290

Timothy P.'s Review Timothy P.
4 Stars

I had the number 2 and it was a good introduction to Puerto Rican food.

Fried mash potato ball with ground beef inside. Try the green salsa on the table.

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Steve H.'s Review Steve H.
2 Stars

I love Mexican food and looked forward to giving Puerto Rican food a try. With that being said, looking at the menu, the PR items were difficult to...

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Jonathan P.'s Review Jonathan P.
5 Stars

I am of Puerto Rican decent (on my mom's side) from NY. West coast folks don't realize that this place is a cultural gem. You just cannot find PR food of...

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RIVERSIDE COUNTY

San Juan Bbq
San Juan Bbq San Juan Bbq 115 reviews San Juan Bbq on Yelp
10203 Hole Ave
Riverside, CA 92503

+1-951-588-6555

Ralph V.'s Review Ralph V.
5 Stars

I found this place on accident. I was really excited to go, because I've never seen a Puerto Rican restaurant . I decide to take my wife and children. I...

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Arby K.'s Review Arby K.
4 Stars

Attentive staff. Quick friendly service. Food tastes great! Prices are very reasonable. The guava pastries are AMAZING!

The chicken is cooked in a way that...

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Sasha R.'s Review Sasha R.
5 Stars

Comida excelente y servicio bueno. He llegado varias veces, mi plato favorito es el mofongo!

Great food and great service. I've visited a few times and my...

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SAN DIEGO COUNTY

Andrés Restaurant
Andrés Restaurant Andrés Restaurant 332 reviews Andrés Restaurant on Yelp
1235 Morena Blvd
Linda Vista
San Diego, CA 92110

+1-619-275-4114

Bert G.'s Review Bert G.
4 Stars

First time at Andres, and we found the service to be excellent. We were greeted immediately, seated right away, and to our delight, found out that on...

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Luis R P.'s Review Luis R P.
3 Stars

Good variety of Cuban and PuertoRican food. Avoid having too much of the fried things. The taste was ok (I'm puertorican myself). Some of the things did...

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Ros A.'s Review Ros A.
2 Stars

Ate dinner here with a friend last night. This was her first time and it has been a couple years since the last time I came.
The garlic bread appetizer is...

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6163 Balboa Ave
Clairemont
San Diego, CA 92111

+1-858-874-7827

travis a.'s Review travis a.
5 Stars

if there is one thing you need to know about the food here it is what i'm about to write below.

yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes....

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Seven T.'s Review Seven T.
2 Stars

...as im standing there waiting for my takeout order, i look around, closely analyzing details and as i scan the place from top to bottom, side to side, i...

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Cesar C.'s Review Cesar C.
4 Stars

when I am craving something from the motherland... I come here! they have just about everything you could imagine from most latin countries. I met the...

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27 thoughts about the post


  • Rose m nieves

    Que lindo , This is great that you put together, this site for all of your Ricans . I have live in califorina, for 27 years and now I live in los vegas. I dont recall a puerto  Rican  restaurant in that area. Can you tell me if you know of a good one in vegas. Thank s and again keep up the good work.  RNieves

    February 16, 2010 at 3:07 pm

  • admin

    Hi Rose and thank you!

    There use to be a Puerto Rican Restaurant in Las Vegas called “El Coqui Caribbean Restaurant” but unfortunately they closed! :(

    I will keep a look out for you for any Las Vegas or Nevada Puerto Rican Restaurants.

    Also if any of you know of any Puerto Rican Restaurants please let me know! You can post it here as a comment and I will add it to the page!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:51 pm

  • Charlie

    I have been looking to do something like this but you beat me to it.  Thats great, because there are so many of us Boriquas in Cali.  From the High Desert, Victorville, Ca.

    February 16, 2010 at 7:21 pm

  • Charlie

    In Las Vegas there is a Floridas Cafe (Cuban), its’ the closest you will get to Puerto Rican Food.

    February 16, 2010 at 7:22 pm

  • admin

    Hey Charlie! Thank you for the suggestion. Glad you could join us! We’re just getting started and I’m sure you can contribute a lot. Have a great week!

    March 3, 2010 at 11:17 pm

  • Carlos Guerra

    I am so glad that we have this site because what has me baffled is our lack of restaurants but I think I know know why. My family frequented a restaurant in South Gate named “My Old San Juan” that had a fabulous cook.
     
     
    My wife and I frequented their establishment 2 to 3 times per week spending good money and would always leave their waitress a generous tip. One day I spoke with the cook who would often sit with her Patrons and hold friendly conversations. I suggested that she should add “Mondongo” to their menu. She was at first extremely resistant to my suggestion because she stated that she has owned restaurants for the majority of her life and as a cooks knows what sells.
     
     
    I told her that I was a successful business man and knew that “Mexicans” love “Menudo” in California and that our Puerto Rican “Mondongo” was a lot better then their Menudo which by the way offended my Mexican wife, until she tried our Menudo and agreed!
     
     
    I called the restaurant several times until they finally placed it on their Menu & painted it on their windows and guess what?
     
     
    They kept selling out of Mondongo and could not keep enough of it in stock how about that!!!  I know because I came and ordered some Mondogo and was told that they sold out, go figure. I know they will not give me credit for this but this is a true story. But they eventually close their doors because I was told the partners Allegedly could not get along?
     
     
    The moral of this story is Mexicans will love Mondogo in California, so sell it! Stop trying to sell them just Pasteles!

    March 7, 2010 at 1:02 pm

  • Gina Bet

    Hello. I would really love to try Puerto Rican food. But I live in Los Angeles, do you know if there’s one around downtown L.A. or near because N.H. is a little bit far for me… Thanks

    May 10, 2010 at 8:55 pm

  • chico castillo

    Viva Puerto Rico!!!! All the way from Marina Del Rey

    May 24, 2010 at 3:21 pm

  • Charles Batista

    Hey Gina, North Hollywood is only 15 minutes from downtown.  Go try El Mofongo on Lankershim.  You’ll enjoy it.

    Hey Carlos Guerra, que romance tienes tu con el Mondongo.   :-)   I’m glad you got to enjoy it if only for a brief time.

    June 1, 2010 at 1:59 pm

  • Juan Ramon

    @Carlos Guerra – that is usually the case.  No se porque but we end up peleando por estupideces.  It’s too bad the restaurant closed.  Yo se they would’ve been sucesivo so tuvieron peleando or ser celoso.  I used to live in Oakland, CA and there as a puerto rican restaurant.  They only lasted tres (o cuarto) anos.  I don’t know why they shut down, but el unico restaurant puertorriqueno is in san rafael.  I know cause yo voy a dia de los muertos and then go out to eat with my friends.  Que lastima que no podemos a tener algo que dures.

    June 27, 2010 at 4:13 pm

  • Mellowymala

    Hello,

    I went to CT, Bridgeport to be exact with my ex….I fell in love with this empanada looking dish. It had ground beef and cheese I believe. He took me to a littke whole in the wall that was like a takeout deli-ish place….Just wondering if anyone knew the name of this particular food. It was delish

    August 8, 2010 at 11:48 am

  • Carlos Guerra

    To Charles Batista and Juan Ramon : Charles, my family has to try Monfongos that you have recommended because it sounds really good!  In fact I will have to try some of the local restaurants mentioned on the CaliRicans.Com website.
     
    And Juan you are correct because our restaurants seem to start doing well and then close down for petty reasons and that is truly sad. We all know that our Mexican brothers love their Menudo and when the Mexican waitress of my favorite PR restaurant convinced the owners to put Mondongo on the menu they could not keep enough in stock but their response was that they could not sell their other products. Well raise the price of your Mondogo and make money that way! Oye mi gente what is going on!!!
     
    But like Charles Batista stated we have to support their restaurants but they also should listen to their clientele as well. Charles listed several positive suggestions on my blog on this website which if owners read their restaurant businesses would do better in my humble opinion.

    August 9, 2010 at 12:11 pm

  • carlos

    I visited Sol Food in San Rafael…..very far from where i live (sacramento) but the food was off the hook….should definately take the drive

    November 30, 2010 at 11:08 pm

  • Angel Rivera

    Hola a todo mi Gente. I live in Buena Park, Califas And I just want to say that  “Senor Big Eds Puerto- Rican Reasturant in Cypress CA  is the greatest place to eat your favorite Boricua comida. Soy Boriqueno 100% and single and is looking for that one special Foxy Rican who knows how to cook in and out of the kichen.  My intentions are very sincere so I’am respectfully using this avenue to try and touch someones heart. Ckeck out my My Space or Facebook page and send me a message. Only serious ladys please apply. Ofcoure I am only praying for one. Happy New Year 2011, Lets start this new year and become Grand Parents together. 
                                                       Con carino y mucho mas.

    January 2, 2011 at 5:32 pm

  • M. Vasquez

    I’m going to try Big Ed’s in Cypress tomorrow! I’m JapRican and since my grandmother in New York has been too ill to make pasteles I’ve had no recourse living in Orange County, for anything close to her pasteles. There’s plenty of sushi here but not enough Puerto Rican cuisine! Thanks for the lead.

    January 13, 2011 at 4:07 pm

  • melinda

    Hola Angel

      lei tu comentario, interesante se te oye sincero, yo tambien soy boricua 100% , no he ido a el festival de San Dimas pero fui al de long beach hace un tiempo, pero estuvo chevere…
    no vivimos tan lejos de uno al otro…
    HAPPY VALENTINES TO ALL THE BORICUAS :) 

    February 8, 2011 at 1:35 pm

  • Virginia Rivera Holdinski

    Happy Valentines Day to all our beautiful people.

    Virginia at the beach

    February 11, 2011 at 2:54 pm

  • Rafael Garcia Carrion

    Hello Borinqueno’s
    I live in the Inland Empire, east of Los Angeles and I make traditional Puerto Rican Pasteles.  Pasteles in Spanish literally means pastry or cake.  However, in the dialect of Puerto Rican, un Pastel is a Puerto Rican Tamale, so to speak,  One has to have an acquired taste for this delicacy.  The dough is made up with a mixture of plantains, potatoes and poi/tarrot root or as we say in Puerto Rico, to the best of my spelling ability, yautia.   At home, my mother always made her pasteles with beef.  I was in my thirties when I learned that most people eat pasteles with pork.   So, I make my traditional beef pasteles and I will also make them with pork.  My wife recently suggested I try shrimp.  Guess what, it turned out pretty good.  So I will make more shrimp pasteles.  A co-worker is a vegetarian and so I am going to try pasteles with diffenet cheeses to see which cheese will blend well with the unique flavor and texture of los pasteles.  My mother was from Yuquiyu (Luquillo) Carrion Mercado and my father was from Vieques, Garcia Rivera.  They came to N.Y. in the early thirties and I was born in the Bronx.   I’m a Vietnam Vet. My brother Greg is a Korean War vet.  My brother Joe was on board a destroyer during the Cuban Missile crisis and my Tio Benigno was in WW II.  I was looking up the Borinquen Post of the American Legion in Cali when I ran into this site. God Bless – California Ralph

    April 2, 2011 at 7:44 pm

  • Jose Luis

    There any website that i can buy souvenirs from Puerto rico?

    April 20, 2011 at 4:53 pm

  • admin

    Jose Luis, there is a great site I have purchased souvenirs from: Souveniles de Puerto Rico http://souveniles.com Enjoy :)

    April 26, 2011 at 9:02 pm

  • Natie

    My family had a Puerto Rican/Mexican Restaurant in Pasadena, CA.  It has since closed.  I know there was a Cuban restaurant on Sierra Madre Blvd. cross street Michilinda.  Same shopping center as Albertsons.  However, I have not been there in a while since I moved away from the area.  I also remember there was a great Cuban/Puerto Rican restaurant in Glendale.  I can’t remember the name now.  If anyone knows about it, let us know.  I am in the process of checking with some friends that advised me of Puerto Rican restaurants in LA county. When I know I will definitely pass the word.  Thank you for doing this.  I am sure it is a lot of work.  I know I appreciate the effort you put into updating this website!  I am sure I am not the only Rican around here that appreciates it!!  Huepa!!!!  Thanks again!!

    April 27, 2011 at 1:59 am

  • Empanatie's :)-

    Ah Driante!!  I forgot to mention, I make killer Empanadas!!  I make them fresh to order.  I live in the San Gabriel Valley and deliver (in the San Gabriel Valley).  I make them with beef, pork, or chicken.  I also make veggie ones for our vegetarian friends.  If you want to order some, post a message here and I will check into it for you.  If you do not live in the area, I can ship them to you!!  I have shipped them to Chicago, New York, Maine, Oregon, Texas, and of course all over California.  For information, post a message to “Empanatie’s” :)~  I will follow up with you.  Que viva Puerto Rico!!

    April 27, 2011 at 2:13 am

  • Cafetera

    The Cuban restaurant in Glendale is called Portos and it’s on Brand Avenue. It’s delicious and it’s very affordable

    June 8, 2011 at 12:42 pm

  • Cafetera

    Here’s all the info, Porto’s actually has three locations, one in Downey, Burbank and the original in Glendale

    Porto’s BakeryPorto’s Bakery, 315 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale, CA 91203-2303
    (818) 956-5996  http://www.portosbakery.com/bakery/all

    Also, there is a Cuban Restaurant (as close to Puertorican food as you’ll get) in Pomona: CocoPalm, 1600 Fairplex Dr.,  Pomona, CA 91768-1237, Phone (909) 469-1965, http://www.cocopalmrestaurant.com

    Good food, and they have live salsa on Friday’s w/free salsa lessons.

    June 8, 2011 at 12:51 pm

  • Carlos Guerra


    Oye mi Gente, don’t forget to sign up for http://www.BoricuaConnect.Com which is linked to this website and links Boricuas all over the world!

     Just sharing the information.  Btw, I am still in search of great Mondongo!  WEPA!!!

    June 30, 2011 at 1:43 pm


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