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Puerto-Rican-Food

California Puerto Rican and 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 66 reviews Borinquen Soul on Yelp
2020 MacArthur Blvd
Lower Hills
Oakland, CA 94619

+1-925-330-9251

A M.'s Review A M.
5 Stars

We hired Borinquensoul to cater a Baby Shower for us in Benicia. "Awesome" OMG the food was great! Arroz con Gandules, Pollo Encebollado, Empanadilla's,...

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Gwen C.'s Review Gwen C.
1 Stars

Well Christopher C. finally responded today, two weeks after my initial Yelp review with: "We apologize for any inconvenience, unfortunately our truck was...

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Peter M.'s Review Peter M.
5 Stars

Almost as good as my Aunts cook! This is a must try for the Bay Area! Very authentic, the Arroz con Gandules and Beef Empanadas are a must try!!!

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Marus Kitchen
Marus Kitchen Marus Kitchen 14 reviews Marus Kitchen on Yelp
East Oakland
Oakland, CA 94603

+1-510-969-0421

Jon A.'s Review Jon A.
5 Stars

Thanks David for working with me at the last minute to create a unique menu that included all if the birthday boys' favorites!!! Your food was definitely a...

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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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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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MARIN COUNTY

Sol Food
Sol Food Sol Food 269 reviews Sol Food on Yelp
401 Miller Ave
Mill Valley, CA 94941

+1-415-380-1986

Ashlee S.'s Review Ashlee S.
5 Stars

Can't wait to get back to San Fran to dine here again!

After be hungover the night before and then starting the day extremely late, my cousin and I were...

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Johnny T.'s Review Johnny T.
4 Stars

As I live and breathe, Puerto Rican food for yuppies. That's all I could think as we walked up to the front door, checked out the prices and eavesdropped on...

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Shawn S.'s Review Shawn S.
1 Stars

Terrible service experience.

Was denied a seat in the seating area until I ordered. My partner was in the long line to order, and I needed to sit down...

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Sol Food
Sol Food Sol Food 2443 reviews Sol Food on Yelp
901 Lincoln Ave
San Rafael, CA 94901

+1-415-451-4765

Victoria H.'s Review Victoria H.
5 Stars

Nothing short of amazing. It's easily the towns favorite.

Simple foods and amazing flavor. Great employees, too!

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Shirley N.'s Review Shirley N.
4 Stars

A foodie asked if I've been here. Been here? Never heard of it. Bookmarked it to try.

Had a chance last Wednesday. Nine of us arrived around 1:30pm....

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Sarah P.'s Review Sarah P.
4 Stars

Very, very yummy!

I've gotten carry out on a few occasions and it's been great every time! Parking is tough but everything I've tried has been really...

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Sol Food
Sol Food Sol Food 292 reviews Sol Food on Yelp
811 4th St
San Rafael, CA 94901

+1-415-451-4765

Andrew W.'s Review Andrew W.
5 Stars

One of my favorite restaurants of all time. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu.

My personal favorite is the 2 chicken breast pieces with black...

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Paige F.'s Review Paige F.
4 Stars

Id give 3.5-4 stars. Good quality food for the price. Fairly authentic from my experience in Central America. The black bears and plantain chips are my...

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Estefany V.'s Review Estefany V.
5 Stars

This place is SO SO GOOD!! I'm happy my uncle brought my cousin's and I here on 3/21/15 to check it out, because I completely fell in love with the food and...

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SACRAMENTO COUNTY

Sol Cubano
Sol Cubano Sol Cubano 199 reviews Sol Cubano on Yelp
5734 Watt Ave
North Highlands, CA 95660

+1-916-332-2883

Salina M.'s Review Salina M.
5 Stars

Love this place.
Good food, good music, good service.

Been here a few times and my only complaint is that they put barely any meat in the papas rellenas...

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Torsten K.'s Review Torsten K.
5 Stars

I LOVE THIS PLACE

My boss took me here for the first time and I fell in love with it immediately. The Lechon Asadao dish on point, and so are the friend...

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Marina M.'s Review Marina M.
5 Stars

Ordered food to go. First time trying))

The sandwich was pretty good and I don't even like pork!

Shredded beef with rice was good too

Mashed potato...

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SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY

Parada 22
Parada 22 Parada 22 691 reviews Parada 22 on Yelp
1805 Haight St
The Haight
San Francisco, CA 94117

+1-415-750-1111

Sam V.'s Review Sam V.
5 Stars

Came to the city to sight see. And wanting to try something different. So why not Puerto Rican food?

Decorated with PR historical pictures. Possible...

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Chantel B.'s Review Chantel B.
3 Stars

THIS REVIEW IS FOR DELIVERY.

I ordered through grub-hub and when my food came it was cold. Waited almost 2 hours for it and when you wait that long/it...

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Josh H.'s Review Josh H.
4 Stars

If you have read any of my previous reviews for Latin food places, you are well aware that I have a true addiction to Cuban sandwiches. I have been known to...

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Parada 22 POP-UP
Parada 22 POP-UP Parada 22 POP-UP 35 reviews Parada 22 POP-UP on Yelp
3296 22nd St
Mission
San Francisco, CA 94110

+1-415-824-4088

Alice H.'s Review Alice H.
5 Stars

For ~$15 a plate, this is the best meal for its value. If you like authentic Puerto Rican food, you will love this.

Pernil Asado is a great entree for...

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Cyrus L.'s Review Cyrus L.
4 Stars

good, hearty Puerto Rican food. i had the pollo encebellado and found the chicken to be nicely done: crisp while still juicy. the chicken was paired with a...

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Jenna G.'s Review Jenna G.
5 Stars

SO good! Such an amazing hole in the wall place.

The ambiance is very casual/ diner setting and the price is pretty decent for so much food.

I got the...

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SONOMA COUNTY

400 Mendocino Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

+1-707-542-8868

Joseph S.'s Review Joseph S.
5 Stars

Amazing service and truly authentic food.

I've been here three times, always the same.

Excellent, friendly service
Amazing, authentic, Puerto Rican...

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Todd B.'s Review Todd B.
4 Stars

After coming here a few times; I finally decided to write a review.
I've always come here either not that hungry or partially hungry (I guess it's the same)...

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Donita S.'s Review Donita S.
4 Stars

Now that we live in Santa Rosa, I've been dying to get Hubs in for dinner. He had the Pollo al Horno, which he didn't love, but liked it "ok". He did love...

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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

Princess P.'s Review Princess P.
5 Stars

Delicious food, friendly fast service. I ordered the Mofongo with fried pork with a side of rice and red beans. I can't even tell you what that first bite...

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Raquel C.'s Review Raquel C.
4 Stars

I have been wanting to come here for months, but somehow never got around to it. I have had homemade puerto rican food, so my expectations were high. We...

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Meli N.'s Review Meli N.
5 Stars

Yummmmy!! It's the closest I'm gonna get to PR from here.

This place is almost always busy!

We always get the fried chicken pieces with arroz con...

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ORANGE COUNTY

2649 W 1st St
Santa Ana, CA 92703

+1-562-822-3363

Josie M.'s Review Josie M.
5 Stars

Tried the Elixir de Amor and it was Super velvety.
What a perfect night for some delicious HOT coffee!!!
Frijolito's you guys have the best coffee in So...

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Lory R.'s Review Lory R.
1 Stars

Would love to have tried it but waited for 25 minutes and no hot water... Also no Danishes just circle k donuts:(

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D U.'s Review D U.
5 Stars

I had a green tea latte at the OC fairgrounds today it was the best ever!! my daughter has a hot chocolate and she said it was the best she has ever had!!

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Senor Big Ed
Senor Big Ed Senor Big Ed 243 reviews Senor Big Ed on Yelp
5490 Lincoln Ave
Cypress, CA 90630

+1-714-821-1290

Brian L.'s Review Brian L.
4 Stars

My friends and I always walked by here saying someday we would try it. I always heard good stories about this place so I had pretty high expectations. I...

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Sochi S.'s Review Sochi S.
4 Stars

We were craving our culture Puerto Rican food for Father's Day. My uncle has been coming here for years, he claims it reminds him of his childhood food...

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Victor C.'s Review Victor C.
4 Stars

There's a reason SBE has been in business for over 3 decades...service and food.

The staff is friendly, inviting and patient in explaining their...

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RIVERSIDE COUNTY

San Juan Bbq
San Juan Bbq San Juan Bbq 139 reviews San Juan Bbq on Yelp
10203 Hole Ave
Riverside, CA 92503

+1-951-588-6555

Debi L.'s Review Debi L.
5 Stars

I just finished eating at San Juan BBQ. DELICIOUS.
Started with appetizers, Pastel and a spinach/cheese empanada. Both very good. Wanted to try the...

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Jacob M.'s Review Jacob M.
4 Stars

It was mine and my girlfriends first time trying Puerto Rican food, and I have to say it was pretty good.

We split a cheese empanada for an appetizer and...

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Paul S.'s Review Paul S.
3 Stars

Since I was nearby I made another visit here to see if trying a few more things on the menu would improve the 3-star "score" I assessed on my first visit....

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SAN DIEGO COUNTY

Andrés Restaurant
Andrés Restaurant Andrés Restaurant 358 reviews Andrés Restaurant on Yelp
1235 Morena Blvd
Linda Vista
San Diego, CA 92110

+1-619-275-4114

James F.'s Review James F.
5 Stars

Last night we celebrated my parent's 50th wedding anniversary. My wife and I decided to provide appetizers for the event and turned to Andres for their...

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HerJadeness B.'s Review HerJadeness B.
4 Stars

Came here on a Tuesday after lunch, and there was no line and plenty of seating available.

LOCATION: This place is a bit hidden, you might pass it if...

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Joe R.'s Review Joe R.
5 Stars

As implants from Florida (island Latin food), we were starting to become a bit disappointed in the Latin food scene here in SD. Mexico seems to have a much...

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6163 Balboa Ave
Clairemont
San Diego, CA 92111

+1-858-874-7827

Vincent B.'s Review Vincent B.
5 Stars

Went to this restaurant /small market and I totally love this place as well as the courteous service provided by friendly staff. Although, images shared by...

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Jaime R.'s Review Jaime R.
5 Stars

I love this place!! The place I come when I need a home cooked meal, 400+ miles from home. Food is tasty and service is impeccable. Not only can you come...

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Marz R.'s Review Marz R.
2 Stars

First time here. The man upfront was very friendly and courteous. We ordered: cuban sandwich w/ salad, bandeja Paisa & side of arroz w/ gandules. They have...

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28 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

  • Andrei

    There’s another delicioso restaurante Borinqueño in Los Angeles North Hollywood area ((Mofongos)) check them out . Website and address http://www.mofongosrestaurant.com 5757 Lankershim Blvd. NoHo, CA 91601 Enjoy some Authentic Puertorican cuisine.

    July 30, 2015 at 11:04 pm


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