THE GET DOWN
Established in the late 1980’s, El Cochinito has brought traditional home style flavors of Cuban cuisine to LA.
El Cochinito has been a recent winner of the best Cuban sandwich in the world, so if you need some extra motivation to take a drive to the east side, let this be it.
No one can truly say if the Cubano is the best in the world, unless you’ve actually eaten your way through Cuba, however, I do know that El Cochinito will be what you crave. The Cochinito is another standout sandwich.
The sweet plantains are the perfect compliment and texture to the flavorful pork that sits between a very light and airy roll.
The ropa vieja is another must order. The tender shredded beef in tomato sauce will be the most memorable dish you’ve had in a very long time. There is nothing ordinary about the breaded chicken either. The lemon and garlic combo on the slightly breaded and flattened chicken makes the whole dish pop, and the thinly sliced onion and “special spices” will make you try and try and try again to repeat this dish in your own kitchen.
But don’t worry if it doesn’t come out quite the same because El Cochinito is a great spot to bring your favorite peeps with peepsqueaks. In fact, it’s better if you DO come in with a larger sized group, because after you have one bite of your first dish, you’ll absolutely want to keep ordering more.
The casual café like atmosphere of El Cochinito makes this a spot where you and the family can come time and time again.
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The World Best Cuban Sandwich, Cochinito
Homies, Domestic Imports, Multicultural
Griffith Park, Echo Park
Phone: (323) 668-0737
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For those with little
runners & screamers:
Here, you can forget the fact that it’s your rambunctious child that’s screaming and STILL enjoy most of your meal.
Not promoted, but you should take the chance:
If your toddler is at the stage when an iPad or some other colorful distraction can be used for an un-interrupted 20 minutes, then go for it.
Uh-uh, NO WAY, don’t even think about it!:
I don’t care how cute your toddler is. Pop your head in… turn around… walk away. PERIOD.
No contained area:
A place you cannot leave your toddler alone, not even for a second.
Enclosed, but space is tight:
If YOU can’t fit between the tables then you know you couldn’t catch your toddler if they tried – this isn’t Norm’s.
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