El Colmao

2328 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90006


  • Sun., noon-8:30 p.m.; Mon., Wed.-Thu., 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Tue., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat., noon-9 p.m.
  • $
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Private Party, Takeout
  • Metered Parking, Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
Start with the avocado salad — cool, ripe chunks garnished with thin slices of raw onion and dressed with splashes of vinegar and torrents of good Spanish olive oil; then a heaping plateful of thin, pounded circles of unripe plantains, fried crisp as potato chips and dusted with salt. Next, boiled yucca; a big plateful of moros y cristianos (Moors and Christians), a tasty miscegenation of black beans and rice fried with garlic and gobbets of fat pork; piles of fried fresh ham, pierna de puerco, crisp and brown on the outside and meltingly tender within, topped with an immoderate portion of caramelized onions. For dessert: good flan and torpor — and strong Cuban espresso.

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