Rabo Encendido

rabo encendido
Originally uploaded by illewminator.
a.k.a. cuban oxtail stew... mm mm mmmmm!!! this tasty delight was photographed by yours truly, but consumed by grubclub contributor J (although i did have a taste) at el rincon criollo, a tiny cuban eatery on the westside (on sepulveda, maybe a block or so south of washington). my dish, billed as pork leg on the menu, was ok, but not nearly as delectable as the rabo encendido. on prior visits, i've have the masas de puerco (fried pork chunks) and the lechon asado (roasted pork), both of which were very tasty and both better than the pork leg.

but the real standout menu item that i've tried so far were the oxtails. although the portion is not that big, these tails were stewed until the meat literally melted in your mouth. so soft, so tender, it's easy to see why they soon looked like this:

oxtail bones

all items on the menu are in the $8 - $10 range, so this is definitely a good bang for your buck value grub spot. since versailles is always such a zoo, consider venturing a bit further south along sepulveda to this intimate spot. you won't be disappointed.


Blogger J said...

good review. though i might add that for the 9 bucks i spent on those three luscious oxtails...it was JUST expensive enough for me to want to just make it myself OR get a korean alternative of a HUGE plateful of oxtails w/ a nice beef broth in koreatown...and it would ALMOST cost twice the amount for more than twice the amount of food. (15 bucks)

that's our next spot to hit up, illewminator.

1/18/2006 10:17 AM  
Blogger VdV said...

The Masas de Puerco are da bomb!

1/23/2006 10:58 PM  

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