Cafe Tropical

  3.8 rating over 2 reviews
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2900 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026-2128

Neighborhoods: Silver Lake
Cuisine: Cuban, Bakeries, Desserts

Cafe Tropical is a Cuban, Bakeries, and Desserts restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends and paid less than $10.

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tastyworld

 Los Angeles, CA
Cafe Tropical 4.0
 

Hot, Strong, Sweet, and Rich Cuban

Don’t go to this cafe if you get freaked out by old, creaky, and not so clean neighborhood dives. This is a rather dilapidated older purple building that that houses a basic cafe that serves Cuban sandwiches, strong cafe con leche and bitter espressos, and variety of good yet cheap cookies, pastries, and cakes in Silverlake. You’ll find something to like here. The bathroom is outside the cafe inside the little meeting house/room next door.

They offer medianoche (midnight sandwich) with shredded pork, ham, pickles, and cheese pressed into soft yellow? somewhat brioche like bread. I personally like the ham better but others like the shredded pork. The ham is solid and chewy with a nice smoky flavor and a nice contrast to the creamy cheese. They are encased in a soft shell of a bread that offers a chewy and soft texture that’s very slightly sweet. The pickle provides the subtle veggie crunch and tart counterpoint to all this gooeyness. I brushed out most of the shredded pork because it was too bland and mushy for me.

They offer turkey and cheese croissant, pork and cheese, ham and cheese sandwich, veggie sandwiche, salads, and more. Their cookies and pastries are gigantic, their guava cheese cake enclosed in flaky pastry crust is rich and satisfying.

I enjoy their strong hot creamy cafe con leche which they can make with full or 2% milk. This coffee balances the sweet and rich foods at the cafe and gives a jolt to the senses whether it is sniffed or sipped. It is a comfortable and relaxed place for people to read, chat, or just be introverted.

The owner is sweet and took over in 1995 because he wanted a comfortable neighborhood joint. He joked that he bought places that he hung out in himself.

Parking can be a pain but persevere and you’ll find something. Read the street cleaning signs carefully!!!

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RJHemedes

 Los Angeles, CA
Cafe Tropical 4.0
 

Where to find the Guava Cheese Pie

Upon entering Cafe Tropical, you could tell its been around forever. It has a lot of colorful hanging lanterns, but their colors are starting to fade and it has a weathered look to it. However, the owner seems to love plants and the place is filled with lots of potted plants which enhance the tropical vibe of Cuba that they are trying to recreate.

Based on other Yelp reviews, I ordered the guava cheese pie. The pie costs $7. If you buy by the slice, its like $2.50. The server will ask you if you want it cut in 4, 6, or 8 slices. I asked for 8 since I wanted to share it with my dining group.

The guava cheese pie is light, flakey and moist. You can taste the cheese, but what surprised me is the very mild flavor of the guava. Guava is usually one of the most potent and aromatic of fruits, but the way its prepared here, it tasted more like strawberry than guava. And it was very red – not sure if they placed food coloring on it since guava usually doesn’t remain that red when cooked. There are some people that don’t like guava because of its potency, but I think they will be pleasantly surprised by the mild taste.

One of my dining companions had their guava empanada. She said it was not as good as the guava cheese pie. The crust coating was dry. It even looked dry. The filling had the same flavor as the cheese pie though. My other dining companion had the egg croissant, which tasted good and fresh. I don’t order coffee, but those at my table that did have their morning java seemed pleased with their drinks.

The prices are relatively inexpensive. Most of the items are just between $2 to $4. What’s interesting is the restaurant. Due to health code rules, you have to step outside the restaurant and then enter the back section which serves as a community hall/forum. During our visit on a Sunday morning, there was an AA type of meeting going on, so it was a little awkward having to wade through their meeting to reach the restroom. They seemed very accommodating though. There’s only street parking available, so best bet is Sunday mornings when metered parking is free.

Guava cheese pie

Surprisingly mild in flavor – tastes more like strawberry than guava. Moist fillings with a flaky crust.

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Sun,Sat 07:00AM - 10:00PM
Mon-Fri 06:00AM - 10:00PM
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Cafe Tropical  Restaurant Reviews

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  • 07/21/2014 - A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it and liked it.
  • 12/28/2014 - A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it.
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