Equelecua Cuban Cafe

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    ( 37 reviews )
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1120 W Florence Ave Unit C, Inglewood, California, USA, 90301

Cuban-Caribbean vegan restaurant in the Airport Plaza Shopping Center. Opened Jun 2015 as vegetarian and modified its menu to all-vegan in Sept 2015. Offers guests a complimentary shot of Cuban style espresso 11-2pm Mon-Thurs with full plate purchase. Open Mon 11:00am-9:00pm, Wed-Sat 11:00am-9:00pm, Sun 11:00am-7:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Organic, Delivery, Take-out, Caribbean, Cuban

37 Reviews

First Review by JcRodriguez

Delicious food and cute place in Inglewood - Edit

I live very close to this place yet only discovered it recently and I am in love!! I’ve been to this place twice so far and tried different dishes. Both were amazing, really tasty, full of spices.. I was in Vegan Heaven! The service was pretty fast, I was kind of in a rush the first time because I had to go to work but everything came really fast and the staff was really friendly.
My boyfriend (who’s not vegan) thought it was really delicious but maybe a bit expensive for what it is but I didn’t think so.. if you stop by there let me know what you think of the food and if you think it’s a bit expensive or reasonably priced.

Pros: fast service, delicious food, nice staff

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Yay Cuban vegan food! - Edit

So yummy! This place is in an odd shopping center but so worth it. So many delicious options.

Pros: Great food, Outdoor seating

Cons: No bathroom

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my fave - Edit

Must try the Cuban sandwich and the Piccadillo!!! So good

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Pretty, Pretty Good. - Edit

The food was pretty good. I had the Arroz Con Pollo and brought two non vegans and a vegetarian and they all thought it was great. Don’t care too much about not having a public bathroom as I’m here to eat, not to use a bathroom. However, there was one lady who was extremely abrasive and gave an unnecessary attitude over seating and what the other staff told us about where we could sit. All in all I’m going back, food was definitely worth it.

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cuban vegan. tasty with some unique flavors and texture. - Edit

found a yummy vegan cuban restaurant in los angeles. fake meats are soy based, except "beef" is jack fruit. I'd much prefer that they used different names for the"meats" instead of the actual animal names. vegans don't want to eat chicken, and it's not chicken anyway, so call it something else. beef is jack fruit. call it jack fruit. it confounds me that vegan restaurants use animal names for food. nonetheless, food is tasty. service is pleasant enough. ambiance is well... not ideal. it's next to busy road with cars zooming by. new flavors and textures. first time eating cooked hearts of palm. plan to add to my repertoire at home. next time, ditch the white rice for yucca or plantains. location, in inglewood by lax, is a bit off the path for a vegan spot. service could be more attentive. service is a bit hit/miss. it feels like, whether or dine here, it doesn't matter to them. mostly recommended, though I probably wouldn't eat here again.

Pros: unique options, price, tasty

Cons: ambiance, service could be warmer

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Positive Experience! - Edit

Props to them for adding something truly unique to the Los Angeles vegan landscape. Server Jessica was really on top of it. Had the Fricase de Polle & Rosa Vieja. Both dishes were fantastic. The plantains were cooked to perfection. Portions could be a tad bigger and a public restroom would help. Overall a very positive experience.

Pros: service, uniqueness , flavor

Cons: Small portions, no public bathroom, price little high

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vegan cuban greatness - Edit

so delicious! everything is awesome! id suggest to sub plantains for the rice or beans bc they are so tasty! ahhhh so yummy my bf and i cant wait to come back, so flavorful!

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Outstanding!!! - Edit

Quaint little place. Outstanding food!! Friendly service. What’s not to love?

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Not spectacular - Edit

The food is okay - like previous reviewers I found it to be somewhat mediocre, especially considering the price tag on the items. But what really bothered me and prompted me to write this review is their lack of a public bathroom: my girlfriend really had to use the toilet, and since they have none, she was told to use the bathroom of a neighboring business. I really don’t think it’s good practice to tell your customers to go elsewhere to use the bathroom. They lose major points for this.

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food lacked flavor - Edit

I am hesitantly giving this restaurant a mediocre review. More than anything I want to support a vegan Cuban restaurant so despite this review I encourage everyone to patronize this restaurant. Other customers seemed happy with their food. However, the food was bland. The staple Cuban item of black beans lacked taste, it was served cold, and had no bay leaf. The rice I was served may have been boxed "instant"- it was definitely not traditional white rice. I ordered "ropa vieja" and it had no bell peppers! That was weird. It did have tons of onions - too many for my taste. The tostones were dry and hard. But my husband was ok with it. Finally, Cuban food is normally delicious ! I grew up with it. But this restaurant seemed to cook without those wonderful flavors and spices. Where is the organo? The cilantro ?
What was good? My husband enjoyed the cupcake. And the two pretty waitresses worked hard and did their best to offer a good experience.

Pros: Finally veg Cuban, good option

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Nothing to write home about - Edit

This is my second visit. Overall the first visit was fine. I had the "Fricase de Pollo" it was good.

On my second visit, I had the Camarones Enchiladas, also good. As the title indicates......


As I walked into the place, I noticed a sign saying no public restroom. I came to understand the public includes customers. You better use the restroom before you come, because they won't allow you to use theirs. On that basis alone I can think of many other vegan restaurants to go to ( especially when the food is no standout).

Service was lacking as well (they brought my food, yet I had to ask for a knife and fork).

Cons: Mostly Patio dining, only two tables indoors. No

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Terrible - I wish I could give this 0 stars - Edit

This place is just terrible. It was dirty, the food was bland and the woman who was working was so rude. I've never been treated so badly at a restaurant - she was very loud and aggressive. A couple walked out while I was there because she was so confrontational. 0 stars, never eat here.

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award for rudest ownership in the vegan category - Edit

Asked to use the bathroom. The owner said no and called me a trumpet. Will not return.

Cons: ASK FOR THE BATHROOM!

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Appreciation from Alaska! - Edit

My partner and I were on a long layover in LA, on our way back home, and decided to make it into a gastronomic vegan adventure (in my ever-expanding goal of navigating the world via Happy Cow).

Found this place online, and decided to go - so glad that we did! We ordered El Cubanaso and the Agave Fire Wings...and were practically admonished by another patron for not ordering something with mojo sauce. The food was excellent (one of the best sandwiches I've ever had), and we are still regretting not getting an order of yucca fries and mojo sauce.

I keep joking that LAX will have to be our go-to transition on any future trips. We hope to return soon! Thanks for the friendly service and the excellent food.

Pros: Easy to find, Close to LAX, AMAZING FOOD

Cons: None.

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YUM YUM GIMMIE SOME - Edit

Highly recommend. Been a fan since I discovered this great place in Dec 16.

Whether you want chicken, shrimp or beef- they have it all . Simmered in a robust flavor that gets better with each bite, then notes and essence of these dishes are sure to please your soul while massaging your taste buds .

You can't go wrong with any dish.

Support local, great food and amazing service . The owner of the restaurant was there the last time I was there and was talking to us and even served us our plates .

Great for a date, friendly gathering or even lone wolf dining .

Pros: plenty of choices (free shot of espresso for happy, rich, flavorful and tasty (great homemade sodas), mix and match , (nachos, wraps, wings, make your o

Cons: closed tuesdays , only one location , leaves you wanting more and more .

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Good eats, friendly environment - Edit

I loved eating here. I ordered quite a bit of food while I was here, but was informed that I might be getting a little to much (yes, it would have been). I got a cuban (what else?) and it was great. Both members of the staff that I talked to were very friendly.

As a side note, the side I got with my sandwich was rather salty. I'm not sure whether this is cuban food in general or just the dish that I ordered, but I ended up having to wipe some of the salt off, I just couldn't take it.

This is something very minor, though. I will be happy here to return to try more in the future.

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Tasty gem - Edit

It's great to find, among the ocean of veg options in the LA area, a standout little eatery like this - especially so close to LAX. Intriguing menu, cozy dining (outdoor patio plus one table inside), and great flavor. Recommended.

There's ample free parking in the lot.

Enjoy!

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QUE RICO!!!! - Edit

After a mini-photoshoot outside the restaurant, we entered and were warmly greeted by one of the owners (a female). We were seated on the enclosed patio area, which was kept warm (it was in the evening) by heat-lamps. The female owner was super sweet, helpful, and patient in answering questions from all of us, including the small children at our table.

I ended up ordering the Potato Ball, Alitas (the spicy agave wings), Camarones al Ajillo, Cuban Nachos con Picadillo, y Yucca Frita.

Potato Ball - huge ball! Crispy on the outside and lleno de papas inside. Being a saucy individual, I'd prefer to have a dedicated dipping sauce with this dish, just to give that extra "ummph."

Camarones al Ajillo - I enjoyed the garlicky vegan butter sauce in which the shrimp were doused, however, I felt that the saffron rice could've used a bit more seasoning. Maybe if I asked for extra garlic sauce that would've been sufficient for me. (Again, I'm "saucy.")

Cuban Nachos (con picadillo) - a nice island twist to American nachos. They use plantain chips instead of tortilla chips. It had lots of flavor and was enjoyable and filling.

Yucca Frita - perfectly prepared with sea salt and served with a delicious garlic aioli-like dipping sauce. Yummy!

ALITAS! They come in 2 different flavors, but of course, I got the spicy agave flavor. ¡QUE SABROSA! These babies were such a hit that I immediately regretted ordering just one. Obviously, I needed about 4 or 5 orders in which to drown my gluttonous desires. They weren't really spicy (to me), but the superb flavor was so titillating to my taste buds that I couldn't focus on anything else; I only wanted these Alitas for the rest of my life, 'til heaven do us part.

DD got the Cuban Sandwich. She is a fairly picky eater, but she loved this sandwich so much that she's been begging me to drive back to Cali for it. I did not try it, so I cannot comment.

On the night we visited (Friday, 18Mar16), they were playing salsa. As usual, with good food I tend to dance. I was joined on the patio by one of the servers, and we got our salsa on! How fun!!

It was a great night, with great food, great friends, and an awesome VEGAN CUBAN dining experience. ¡Muchisima gracias pa todo! I will certainly return.

Pros: amazing vegan Cuban cuisine, Delicious vegan wings!, friendly service

Cons: location

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vegan Cuban! - Edit

We stopped in for lunch with another couple during the recent AR Conference. We were seated outside on the patio. The service was friendly. We were very excited to have all vegan Cuban. For appetizers, we shared the wings and the potato ball special. For entrees, two of us got the Cubano sandwich with yucca fries and the other two got the tamale and the arroz con pollo plate. We also got lilikoi sodas. The plates were very good, better than the sandwich. We ordered cupcakes, lemon and rum raisin, to go. Overall, we enjoyed our meals and hope to visit again soon.

Pros: all vegan Cuban, easy parking, nice staff

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Que Delicia! - Edit

Happy to report I had a really great meal here.

Ordered Arroz con Pollo and it was full of flavor, very fragrant and just a hot delicious meal!
The Tostones are perfection and compliment the complexity of the arroz con pollo.

ALL MUST EAT HERE! vegan or not, the food is on another level.

Pros: delicious food, location, price

Cons: service is a bit slow and confusing

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Amazing food! - Edit

The food was so amazing! My brother (not vegan) and I(a vegetarian that doesn't eat dairy) both really enjoyed our food! It was a very cute place and I can't get over how amazing the food was! Will def go back whenever we are in the area!

Pros: Fully vegan menu

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The perfect place - Edit

When I debate what was better, the food or the service, I know I found the right place. Just outside of lax airport, this restaurant is everything you look for. Excellent food, premium ingredients, and lovley service. All the plates we ordered were fantastic, and the chef and the waitress were the kindest ever. They even chase us down to give us a free desert (delicious. We didn't order because we were full already) when everything is in the highest level like this place, don't miss it. Highly recommended! Thank you for a great meal and time! Will definitely come back if I have the chance!

Pros: Excellent food, Excellent service, Friendly staff

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yummy! - Edit

This place has really delicious food, however I wish that the plates were served with more veggies. He owners are so nice, however I feel like they kind of forget about you. It would be nice if they would refill your water, and actually bring the check to your table, instead of making you pay at the counter.

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A Fantastic Cafe - Edit

I have not yet tested this restaurant for NOGO cuisine yet but the experience I had there was great. They make their own soda pops on the premises and I liked the coconut soda. They are truly nice people that work there and the patio is wonderful on sunny breezy days under the umbrella with soft Cuban music in the background. They speak English and Spanish with no problems and run a clean, superb ethnic cuisine gourmet restaurant for affordable prices. This may be the only Vegan Cuban Restaurant in California. Experience it before it gets discovered at its hidden precious location.
Updated from previous review on Sunday October 04, 2015

Pros: price, food, patio

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great grub! - Edit

our new favorite restaurant! will visit again.

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Awesome Cuban food! - Edit

This is a place I've wanted to try for sometime! Just before going vegan, my kids and I were on a Cuban sandwich kick after watching Chef. I found this place and was excited to try it. Last Tuesday, I drove up to LA for a hike and decided on my way back home I'd stop in for a sandwich. I made the almost hour drive from Griffith Park (thanks to good ol' LA traffic) and to my dismay, found out that starting the previous week, they decided to close on Tuesdays until the Summer. (See photo) I was disappointed but am now starting to realize that it's a good idea to call any of these restaurants before going since they are mostly privately owned and make changes like this on the fly.

I had the opportunity to try again this past Sunday as my family and a friend's family were meeting to pick up relatives from LAX so we invited our non-vegan friends to come eat with us.

We arrived and they were open (yay) there were six of us and sitting is somewhat limited but we squeezed into a large square table on the patio. Here, I had another instance of what unnecessary rudeness from restaurant staff. Our server came over and the first words out of her mouth were, "ok, so you know we're 100% vegan here, right? No one is going to be asking me for steak or anything?" I refuse to believe that she greets every party like this so again, I feel it has to do with us not fitting the "normal vegan profile". There are MANY less argumentative ways to ensure we know that we are dining in a vegan restaurant. I told her yes, we are all well aware that it is a vegan restaurant, but since the menu says that there are non-faux meat options, could you review those with us? Again she seemed a little bothered by the question (yet it says to ask, right on the menu) and she says yeah, it's beans and rice and yuca fries or tostones. My son's girlfriend is the one who was interested in that so that's what she ordered. Between the rest of us, we ordered arroz con pollo, Cuban sandwiches, and the garlic shrimp. As we placed our order, I noticed our server was one of those that likes to memorize the order instead of just jotting it down. This is a pet peeve in that something inevitably gets missed. In this case she took the order, then left, then came back to double check it, then still forgot that our friend ordered one of their homemade sodas and never brought the rest of us water.

My wife and son liked the Cuban sandwiches but again, did not like the cheese (it seemed like watery Daiya was used here again) They scraped the cheese off and it was much better. I loved the arroz con pollo our non-vegan friend said she like it too but did not finish it all so not too sure on her take. Her non-vegan dad that ordered the shrimp are it all and said it was great!

Lastly, I do want to point out that there was a male server that helped bring out the food and noticed our waitress had not gotten our water, who was very nice and friendly. He apologized, and got our waters for us. It helps me realize that like anything, sometimes there are just certain individuals that have a chip on their shoulder and maybe our waitress was one of them. We ordered cupcakes for desert I had the pineapple which was delicious and my son and his girlfriend got mango. They loved them as well.

So, this place has great reviews here and on every site they're on. I had one bad experience but because the food is so good and is a nice change from you average vegan cuisine, I still recommend you try them out! I'm not sure the attitude is worth me driving an hour to get there again it it was nice to get a chance to try them out.

Pros: Great Cuban cuisine!

Cons: I had a bad experience but YMMV, Could use a better cheese option on the sandwich, A little pricey for the portions

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AMAZING!!!! - Edit

Omg I'm so glad I found this place today. ALL VEGAN AND TOTALLY AMAZING!! I drove 10 miles at lunch for this all vegan spot and was not disappointed. I order the classic Cuban sandwich, black beans and rice and some cupcakes. Ha! Not all the cupcakes were for me. However I over order but will have plenty for dinner later.

I will be back and I highly recommend this spot to anyone who loves great Cuban food and especially vegan Cuban food.

The guy and girl who work there are really cool too.

Pros: everything , cool owners

Cons: none

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