Baracoa Cuban Cafe
3175 Glendale Blvd.
Why go here?
If you’re looking for some autumn-friendly comfort food, look no further than Baracoa Cuban Café. This family-run restaurant on the center of Glendale Boulevard boasts a tasty menu of delicately spiced dishes.
The Arroz Con Pollo (or chicken and rice) is a local favorite, as is the cubano sandwich and the empanadas. But if you’re really looking for a treat, try the Polla Al Horno. The oven roasted quarter chicken is seasoned with garlic and citrus juices, and comes out of the oven piping hot, covered with thinly sliced grilled onions. Ask for your “beans on rice” instead of side by side. The resulting blend is mouth-watering.
Be sure to check the menu board, as they offer daily specials (their soup of the day is always a treat).
The restaurant itself is small, but inviting – a combination of high-backed leather booths and flat tables. There is also outdoor seating. They also do a decent amount of take-out orders. Just call in advance, and they’ll have your order neatly wrapped and ready to go.
Cuban Sandwich (Sandwich Cubano): Ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, mustard, mayo and pickles on Cuban toasted bread.
Media Noche: Roasted pork, ham, mustard, mayo, pickles on semi-sweet roll.
Pan Con Bistec (Steak Sandwich): Thinly sliced top sirloin with grilled onions on French fries and Cuban bread.
Pan con Lechon: Roasted pork, on Cuban bread, topped with grilled onions and mojo sauce.
Hamburgers & Fries: Thousand Island dressing, mayo, pickles, lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese add $0.35.
Steaks and Chops
Bistec de Palomilla (Top Sirloin Steak): Nicely seared top sirloin steak cooked to your satisfaction topped with grilled onions and served with rice, beans and fried platains.
Bistec Empanizado (Breaded Top Sirloin): Breaded and fried. Served with rice, beans and fried plantains.
New York Strip Steak: Hand cut 10oz. Well seasoned and cooked to your taste. Served with fried plantains.
Pork Chop (Chuleta): 10 oz. Charbroiled well seasoned chop. Served with rice and beans.
Costillas (Baby Back Ribs): 8 hour oven roasted and fork tender. Basted in BBQ sauce.
Liver & Onions (Higado con Cebollas): Pan fried, covered w/ grilled onion & crispy bacon. Served w/ rice and beans.
Polla Al Horno (Oven Roasted 1/4 Chicken): Slow oven roasted, seasoned with garlic and citrus juices. Served with rice and black beans.
Pechuga de Pollo (Breast of Chicken): Your choice of flame broiled or sautéed, marinated in citrus juices and garlic. Served with rice and beans.
Jerk Chicken: Marinated in Jamaican spices, seared and finished in oven, a local favorite.
Bacalao Empanizado (Breaded Cod): Two large pieces of Cod, breaded in-house upon your order. Served with rice and beans.
Salmon: 8oz. Seared and finished in the oven, light and flaky. Served with rice and beans.
Halibut: 8oz. Seared and finished in the oven, light and flaky. Served with rice and beans.
Tilapia (White Fish): Your choice of tomatoes & garlic, or cajun blackened. Served with rice and beans.
Al Mojo de Ajo (Tiger Shrimp): Large tiger shrimp sautéed in garlic, onions and butter sauce. Served with rice and beans.
House Mixed Salad (Ensalada Mixta): Mixed greens, tomato, choice of dressing.
Special Mixed Green Salad: Mixed greens, sliced apples, olive oil reduced balsamic, topped with goat cheese and candied pecans.
Avocado Salad: Served with red onions and mojo de ajo, tomato add $0.50.
The original and the best, often imitated, never duplicated…Mom’s recipe since 1969.
Arroz Con Pollo (Chicken and Rice): Available until it’s gone. Served with small and fried plantains.
Picadillo: Grounded beef in Cuban seasoning. Braised in tomato sauce.
Ropa Vieja (Shredded Beef): An old favorite. Stewed beef in tomato & garlic sauce. Served with rice and beans.
Carne Con Papas (Beef & Potato Stew): Served with rice and beans.
Boliche (Braised Eye of Round): Braised beef eye of round. Served with brown sauce, rice and beans.
A La Carte
Beans & Rice
Tamale with Mojo (Vegetable or Pork)
Beans (Red, Black, White, & Garbanzo)
Fried Plantains – Sweet
Fried Plantains – Green
Empanadas Meat or Cheese
Specials (change daily)
*Specials change daily