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El Colmao

Map & Directions 2328 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90006
  • Caribbean, Cuban
  • Sun-Mon, Wed-Thu 10am-8:30pm, Tue 10am-5pm, Fri-Sat 10am-9pm
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Private Party, Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
  • Parking Lot Available, Metered Parking


LA Weekly's Description

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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Tips from foursquare

  • LA Weekly on 06/15/11

    Featured in "Ask Mr. Gold: Top 10 Pico Boulevard Eats" by Jonathan Gold. Click 'More Info' to read all about it!

  • Elena C. on 08/25/13

    Palomia Empanizada is a must have

  • Rosendo E. on 07/15/13

    El pescado Al colmao muy rico

  • Simple F. on 06/09/13

    This is the most authentic Cuban restaurant in Los Angeles. It's old school classic Cuban. Bistec Palomilla, Ropa Vieja, Black Beans & rice, & platanos fritos.

  • Alexander R. on 01/22/11

    Try the Plantain Cake - Torta de Platano con Huevo. (via @Foodspotting)

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