If you try something new, you might really enjoy it, even if it's filling balloons with Hot Wheels and throwing them off a bridge to see if they'll float. Try some Cuban fare with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Cuban cuisine at El Criollo Restaurant in Van Nuys.
El Criollo creolizes a menu of classic, authentic Cuban cuisine with a contemporary cast of flavorful influences. Test out the waters with a tamal cubano appetizer, a homemade yellow corn pork tamale delicately decorated with minced garlic and olive oil ($3.95). Exquisite Cuban entrees include the lengua guisada, beef tongue stewed in a fusion of fresh herbs and spices ($11.95), and the slow-roasted lecbón asado, a marinated pork leg cloaked in caramelized onions ($13.95). Diners can dive into the pescado sudado, boneless white fish steamed in a tomato-creole purée ($14.95), or the pollo en salsa de ajo, stewed chicken smoldered in a medley of garlic, white wine, olive oil, onion, and cilantro ($11.95). Wash down lingering spices with a glass of the house sangria ($6), or share a pitcher of beer ($16-$18) with a group of friends, Romans, and countrymen.
El Criollo's spacious, modern dining room blends eras with the Old-World feel of its red brick walls and high ceilings. Cuban artwork, including vintage magazine covers and ads, hangs about the walls as traditional Cuban music softly pulses from the speakers, cooing into your subconscious and creating a nostalgic feeling for the set of Dr. No.
- The pollo (infused with mustard and lemon) was aromatic and fell off the bone. The shrimp (smothered in garlic and white wine) was tender and spicy. – Nic L., Yelp, 9/23/10
- Opt for the wonderful Cubano featuring roasted pork, ham, melted cheese and a mustard-pickle slather all pressed warm and toasty Panini-style on a flakey white bun. – Scott Schalin, Citysearch
6622 Van Nuys Blvd.
Van Nuys, California 91405Get Directions