With its ever-changing coordinates and conspicuous absence from the Beach Boys' "Kokomo," Cuba is one of the more difficult to locate Caribbean nations. Dig into this enigma with a fork, knife, and today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of authentic Cuban and Mexican fare at La Bamba Island Cuisine in Burbank.
La Bamba Island Cuisine's owner, Chef Chris, adds a dash of personal culinary flare to a menu rife with authentic Cuban and Mexican cuisine. Diners embark on a culinary cruise by hoisting their tongue's anchor and sailing taste buds across a grilled cuban sandwich, bursting with shredded, oven-roasted pork, ham, and guacamole ($7.25+). Flood palates with lemony-garlic waves of sautéed panama shrimp, packed with tiger shrimp and chopped garlic ($13.95), alongside a bunch of fried plantains ($4.95). Meanwhile, frosty mugs of fresh mango fruit shakes ($3.95) and whipped horchatas ($2.95) safely chaperone bites into stomach caverns. Patrons settle into La Bamba's covered outdoor patio or kick back inside the dining room, outfitted with three new flat-screen TVs that flicker NFL Sunday Ticket games as the aroma of weekend breakfast entrees accentuates the taste of victory.
La Bamba Island Cuisine
For nearly 25 years, La Bamba Island Cuisine has been sending doners on flight-free Caribbean excursions through his dishes inspired by the kitchens of Cuba, Jamaica, and Mexico. Owner-chef Chris oven-roasts shredded pork for menu items as varied as Cuban sandwiches with ham and pickles to the popular St. Thomas burrito with guacamole and pico de gallo. A unique wine and a seasoning blend flavors the Panama shrimp with bell peppers dish, and the lobster tacos combined the grilled oceanic delicacy with pico de gallo and guacamole. Whether taking in the island cuisine from indoors or the al-fresco patio, a refreshing sangria, beer, or margarita pairs well with just about any dish, whether by the sip or by the funnel full.