La Cubana: Great Cuban Food in Glendale

By Michelle Carlson

The house bread pudding (El Callejero), fried plantains (plantanos maduro) and the house rice pudding (arroz con leche), all made fresh daily in-house.

In 1973, when Angelenos barely knew Cuban food, Mr. and Mrs. Fernandez opened La Cubana Restaurant in what was the first location on Elk Street in Glendale, California. Their capital: $200.00. Yes, $200. Their goal: to offer the delicious Cuban cuisine at affordable prices.

La Cubana is a family-owned and operated restaurant. The family has been doing all of the cooking for 35 years.

“We are committed to bringing to our customers a feeling of appreciation on our part, so we serve only the finest quality foods. It has always been my father’s No. 1 priority to provide a fine dining experience in a beautiful dining room surrounded by La Cubana Restaurant family,” daughter Mari says.

La Cubana plays all old Cuban music with some salsa for a real authentic Cuban experience.

“I hope to continue to entertain our customers for many years to come by letting them experience the same thing I love; great Cuban food cooked just for that individual, great music, great wine and, save the best for last, a great dessert (made by either Mari or Fernando) with Cuban coffee or cafe con leche,” Mari says.

Enjoy the food and service at La Cubana, 135 N. Maryland in Glendale. The restaurant is open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 9:30 p.m. They are closed Mondays and Tuesdays. For more information, call (818) 243-4398.

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