Mambo’s Cafe (Glendale, CA)


This past weekend, Eli and I were finally made it to Mambo’s Cafe. Eli saw it on “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” with Guy Fieri–who doesn’t LOVE this guy?? ;p (Eli always has his eyes out for a new Cuban/Puerto Rican place to try.)

What we ordered…

Doesn’t it look so YUMMY????

Hate to burst your bubble, but it was just okay… summed up in one word, “eh.” When I first saw the dishes as it was set in front of us, I got so excited because I was so hungry and it looked so DELICIOUS! Unfortunately, it just wasn’t love at first taste :/

The roast pork didn’t have much flavor as one would expect, though the rice was good. And I’m not a fan of black beans, so I didn’t touch those and Eli only had a little bit of it (a sign that it was no bueno for him as well). The maduros were delish, though! At least we had that 🙂

As for the Cuban sandwich… the meat had flavor–saltiness–and that’s about all. But the overall texture of the bread and fixings and the size was ideal 🙂 Even though the fries probably came from a mass produced facility, those were pretty good.

Glad that we enjoyed some aspect of each dish, but don’t think we’ll be heading over there anytime soon. Also, the cafe is a bit of a distance from us so the chances are even slimmer.

Other than the food, the service was great! Very friendly and attentive for the most part 🙂 At least there’s that.



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