CUBAN FOOD WITH A
SCENT OF HISTORY
diversity and richness found in
has resulted in the growth of hundreds of new ethnic restaurants and
eating establishments. The cornucopia of great new diners and restaurants
has to include the latest Cuban restaurant to open, La
Bodeguita de Pico. The
restaurant located on
between La Brea and Fairfax has its historical roots in the famous La
Bodeguita Del Medio in Old Havana, Cuba.
Situated in the middle of the block away from the busy corner
intersections, in 1942 Angel Martinez-Borroto opened a little bodega
restaurant in his home where he opened his arms to the most famous Cuban
Artists of the time and the world’s jet set.
Cuban American Actress and wife of owner Blair Yuen grew up in and around
restaurant where her uncle and other relatives worked for many years.
After their arrival to
, Danay and Blair searched all over
hoping to find food which reflected what really was being prepared in
Cuban kitchens. Unable to find
any real authentic local Cuban food, the idea for La Bodeguita De Pico
the restaurant, I was seated at the front where I immediately felt the
energy of the restaurant. The
remodeled multi-level restaurant slowly opens up in a clockwise direction
as guests move through the building. The
main dining area of La Bodeguita (literally translated “little
warehouse) transitions to an elevated bar and private dining rooms as you
move toward the back of the establishment.
The bodeguita continues to expand upward where the owner plans to
offer a cigar lounge early next year.
beginnings, La Bodeguita De Pico serves authentic Arroz Blanco, Manitas de
Puerco Pritas, Moros and Cristanos. The tostones rellenos with plantano
verde and camarones empanadas appetizers are exceptionally good and
complement the rest of the entrees.
Entrees are moderately priced from $8-$15 and dinner for two with
one glass of wine will run about $50.00.
There is a children’s menu where all entrees are priced at $6.00.
5047 West Pico Blvd.