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!



Borinquen Soul
Borinquen Soul Borinquen Soul 100 reviews Borinquen Soul on Yelp
2020 Macarthur Blvd
Lower Hills
Oakland, CA 94619


Jocelyn C.'s Review Jocelyn C.
5 Stars

I like the fact that it's combined with the store. Makes good business for both owners.

Both, my boyfriend & I had combo number #2, each. Puerto Rican...

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Laurie H.'s Review Laurie H.
4 Stars

Stopped by last night for some plantains and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Friday night, 7pm, the place is hoppin'! I ordered 2 orders of...

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Dina L.'s Review Dina L.
5 Stars

Nirvana!! Their rice is amazing. There was a Dominican place in Boston that made the most succulent roasted chicken and rice with crazy delish onion. I'd...

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Marus Kitchen
Marus Kitchen Marus Kitchen 15 reviews Marus Kitchen on Yelp
East Oakland
Oakland, CA 94603


Victor G.'s Review Victor G.
4 Stars

Maru's Kitchen booth was flying the puerto rican flag. other booths fly brazilian, guatamalean, mexican, san salvador, whatever foods they happen to be...

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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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Sol Food
Sol Food Sol Food 330 reviews Sol Food on Yelp
401 Miller Ave
Mill Valley, CA 94941


Sharon R.'s Review Sharon R.
5 Stars

Deserves to be judged completely independently from the San Rafael location which I will now refuse to go to [...okay, okay, unless it's after 9 PM since...

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Nina M.'s Review Nina M.
3 Stars

After reading rave reviews & seeing intense lines for the dt San Rafael locatio of Sol, I was expecting to be wowed by the food.

Perhaps I didn't order...

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Mariah V.'s Review Mariah V.
5 Stars

I recently moved to Oregon but have grown up in the bay area. Whenever I am in town I must make a quick trip to get my usual bistek sandwich. Their bistek...

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Sol Food
Sol Food Sol Food 2477 reviews Sol Food on Yelp
901 Lincoln Ave
San Rafael, CA 94901


Letty H.'s Review Letty H.
5 Stars

I was very lucky to come here for Saturday brunch at around 11:30am with 9 people and there was no line! We were seated almost immediately, so maybe come a...

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Destiny B.'s Review Destiny B.
1 Stars

Full disclaimer: I'm not bashing Sol Food. I'm simply stating facts of an experience that occurred on a warm summer early Sunday afternoon, so I strongly...

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Denise L.'s Review Denise L.
4 Stars

Came here with the fam on our way to Graton and since we arrived by 11:30 AM on a Saturday, the place was a bit crowded, but no line to order.

My brother...

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Sol Food
Sol Food Sol Food 311 reviews Sol Food on Yelp
811 4th St
San Rafael, CA 94901


Courtney C.'s Review Courtney C.
5 Stars


THIS PLACE WAS AMAZING. I have no idea how I haven't had it yet - I have an aunt and uncle who live nearby who have always referenced it but...

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Kate G.'s Review Kate G.
4 Stars

Absolutely yes for all their food. I wish they would open one in the East Bay, they would kill it down there. I've never eaten at the restaurant and...

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Ivy S.'s Review Ivy S.
1 Stars

This place has always been hyped because of that Food Network show spotlight they got years ago, and the cheesy, shabby-wanna-be-trendy-chic decor thing...

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Sol Cubano
Sol Cubano Sol Cubano 235 reviews Sol Cubano on Yelp
5734 Watt Ave
North Highlands, CA 95660


Ray L.'s Review Ray L.
5 Stars

If you have never tried Cuban food , go ahead and slap yourself now . When we lived in Las Vegas , my family and I used to frequent a few places for Cuban...

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Illyanna M.'s Review Illyanna M.
3 Stars

Great customer service. Very nice people. Appetizers muy delicioso. Sandwiches no bueno.

My mom and I were craving cocina criolla; we're Puerto Rican. Of...

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Maria H.'s Review Maria H.
4 Stars

My husband and I shop at the McClellan Commissary about every two weeks. We found this place on a whim about three months ago because we wanted to eat...

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Parada 22
Parada 22 Parada 22 755 reviews Parada 22 on Yelp
1805 Haight St
The Haight
San Francisco, CA 94117


Nadia H.'s Review Nadia H.
5 Stars

I don't know how many touristy people would end up here, but it's definitely a nice, hidden gem that locals know about. I had the pollo sandwich and my...

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Sarah C.'s Review Sarah C.
4 Stars

Yum! Got the mofongo de Camerones and it was delicious! The mashed green plantain was really interesting the shrimp were tasty and the sauce was really...

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Jessica T.'s Review Jessica T.
5 Stars

If you're a fan of Sol Food in the North Bay then Parada 22 will definitely make your tastebuds boogie. The get down - hip roll - kind of boogie, where you...

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Parada 22 POP-UP
Parada 22 POP-UP Parada 22 POP-UP 36 reviews Parada 22 POP-UP on Yelp
3296 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110


Sarah C.'s Review Sarah C.
1 Stars

Wasn't there tonight (a Friday)! Don't know if it is gone for good or just taking a vacation. I was a little sad...if anyone has more detailed info please...

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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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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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400 Mendocino Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95401


Jay C.'s Review Jay C.
5 Stars


amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing everything about this place is amazing.

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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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7931 E. Firestone Boulavard
Downey, CA 90241


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


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


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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Leticia B.'s Review Leticia B.
3 Stars

As I'm waiting for my food, I figured I'd kill time by writing a review. Yeah, it has been that long. And no more than 10 people here. The appetizer took 15...

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Sandy M.'s Review Sandy M.
3 Stars

So this was my first visit, and I was pretty excited. ....as I'm Puerto Rican. We came at about 930 and we were the only table with the exception of 1...

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Baracoa Lounge
Baracoa Lounge Baracoa Lounge 219 reviews Baracoa Lounge on Yelp
853 Auto Ctr Dr
Ste F
Palmdale, CA 93551


Kathleen H.'s Review Kathleen H.
5 Stars

I've only been here once and I was in a hurry. I just kind of stopped in to visit some coworkers.
But WOW, the "quick" sandwich I ordered, was quick and...

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Lydia K.'s Review Lydia K.
4 Stars

Baracoa Lounge is a small, cozy Cuban restaurant with a full bar & friendly, welcoming staff. Honestly, I fall between 3-4 stars on this place, because the...

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Jamie F.'s Review Jamie F.
4 Stars

Baracoa has some incredible Cuban sandwiches.

Tender meat with melted cheese on crispy bread? What more can you ask for? Only just some delicious...

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2649 W 1st St
Santa Ana, CA 92703


Naomi R.'s Review Naomi R.
5 Stars

I love latino-owned coffee shops. Frijolito's is one of the best coffee shops (trucks, I should say) that I've tried! They were at the Patchwork Festival in...

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Zach P.'s Review Zach P.
5 Stars

Saw this truck at the Patchwork Festival and there was a huge line. Initially, I thought it was ridiculous to wait that long for coffee, but had to try it...

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Michelle R.'s Review Michelle R.
4 Stars

While having dinner at the Food Truck Haven, I came across coffee truck Frijolito. They said that they are a coffee truck with a Latin twist. There's not...

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Senor Big Ed
Senor Big Ed Senor Big Ed 264 reviews Senor Big Ed on Yelp
5490 Lincoln Ave
Cypress, CA 90630


Victor D.'s Review Victor D.
5 Stars

This place is the bomb, been here 3x now.
Reminds me of my moms home cooking, being in OC for 2 and a half now it's pretty hard finding a authentic...

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Jeff L.'s Review Jeff L.
4 Stars

Senor Big Eds... Mmmmmm!!! Get ready to enjoy authentic Puerta Rican food, all the while watching a futbol game on the TV from 1997.

I went w a real...

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Katrina C.'s Review Katrina C.
4 Stars

This is my 4th time eating at Señor Big Ed's. I am Puerto Rican and I approve of the food. It is a good representation of our food considering there are...

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San Juan BBQ
San Juan BBQ San Juan BBQ 175 reviews San Juan BBQ on Yelp
10203 Hole Ave
Riverside, CA 92503


Marcelle P.'s Review Marcelle P.
5 Stars

Stopped by San Juan Bbq for the first time for a to-go dinner on the way home from work. I was greeted right away by the waitress and the Owner. They walked...

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Andrew S.'s Review Andrew S.
3 Stars

15-20 minutes = 60-70 minutes
I'm not quite sure where Eat24 learned math but it clearly didn't pass the 101 class.

The restaurant did double our dessert...

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Corneal S.'s Review Corneal S.
4 Stars

This is a True authentic Puerto Rican hide out!!

I was skeptical to try this place for the first time because I had never herd of it. Many years passing...

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Andrés Restaurant
Andrés Restaurant Andrés Restaurant 387 reviews Andrés Restaurant on Yelp
1235 Morena Blvd
Linda Vista
San Diego, CA 92110


Margaret A.'s Review Margaret A.
4 Stars

This is the kind of restaurant that you always feel warm and welcomed each time you visit.

Today I ordered my favorite Cuban sandwich. The mixture of ham,...

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Joshua H.'s Review Joshua H.
3 Stars

Just dined in this evening with a groupon for $20 of food credit. Been buy a few times but never came in till now. Came in about 730pm on a Wednesday night,...

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Soo H.'s Review Soo H.
4 Stars

Hyman Roth: If I could only live to see it, to be there with you. What I wouldn't give for twenty more years! Here we are, protected, free to make our...

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6163 Balboa Ave
San Diego, CA 92111


Ruby R.'s Review Ruby R.
4 Stars

First time here yesterday night. Went for the food. Had Ropa Vieja combo and Avocado Salad. It was DELICIOUS!!!--except for the black beans --they tasted...

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Kimberly G.'s Review Kimberly G.
4 Stars

When I saw Colombiana and Postobon Manzana I knew I was going to like this place! These are awesome sodas with flavors you've probably never imagined in a...

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Maritess C.'s Review Maritess C.
4 Stars

Came here for lunch because hubby had buy one get one free coupon which saves us some money.

As we walk in, it's a small little shop with a few tables and...

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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


    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…

    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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