Tropicana Bakery & Cuban

★★★☆☆
  • 10218 Paramount Blvd

    Downey, CA 90241

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  • 562-806-8343

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Fri-Sun: 7am-11pm, Thu: 7am-10pm, Mon-Wed: 7am-9pm

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I was at this restaurant around 2 years ago. I order a combination plate at the restaurant in this bakery. When the food came, it was stale, cold and dry. It was the crappiest food around. After trying it, I know I would never come back here ever again.

The waitress came out and ask me if the food was OK. I did not wanted to give them any advice on cooking so I just said the food was good, so that they will keep on serving this crappy food to customers coming in here, and drive customers away. And they were stupid enough to buy my bulls, as you have to be stupid to not be able to see how crappy the food is, believing that someone telling you the truth that your crappy looking food is good .

I never came back to this restaurant again. And after the bad experience here, I never ate at any Cuban restaurant ever again. In fact I now have a dislike for Cuban people just because they are Cuban, because of this crappy restaurant, even though I don't know much about Cuban people.

And what is strange is that I still see this restaurant open and in business. I don't understand how anyone can eat the food here. There is alot of strange things out there but this restaurant is the strangest of all. Maybe the restaurant is a front for something else and the crappy food is just the front, as they can't possibly make a living selling this crappy food.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was at this restaurant around 2 years ago. I order a combination plate at the restaurant in this bakery. When the food came, it was stale, cold and dry. It was the crappiest food around. After trying it, I know I would never come back here ever again.

The waitress came out and ask me if the food was OK. I did not wanted to give them any advice on cooking so I just said the food was good, so that they will keep on serving this crappy food to customers coming in here, and drive customers away. And they were stupid enough to buy my bulls, as you have to be stupid to not be able to see how crappy the food is, believing that someone telling you the truth that your crappy looking food is good .

I never came back to this restaurant again. And after the bad experience here, I never ate at any Cuban restaurant ever again. In fact I now have a dislike for Cuban people just because they are Cuban, because of this crappy restaurant, even though I don't know much about Cuban people.

And what is strange is that I still see this restaurant open and in business. I don't understand how anyone can eat the food here. There is alot of strange things out there but this restaurant is the strangest of all. Maybe the restaurant is a front for something else and the crappy food is just the front, as they can't possibly make a living selling this crappy food.

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I purchased a Rum Cake and I never did taste the rum. The meringue topping had a bad after taste and it was expensive. I don't mind paying for something that is good but this cake was bad all over. Not even the three strawberries that were on top taste good! I also purchased chicken empanadas and the chicken tasted like, well it didn't taste like anything....no flavor. The only thing I liked was the Cuban French bread. I will never go back there again.

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I purchased a Rum Cake and I never did taste the rum. The meringue topping had a bad after taste and it was expensive. I don't mind paying for something that is good but this cake was bad all over. Not even the three strawberries that were on top taste good! I also purchased chicken empanadas and the chicken tasted like, well it didn't taste like anything....no flavor. The only thing I liked was the Cuban French bread. I will never go back there again.

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Southern California does not come to mind when one thinks of Cuban food. Naturally if one wanted great Cuban food, other than going to Cuba herself, the Miami area would be the obvious place to start.

Years ago, on a trip to Miami to visit family, I had my first taste of Cuban food and immediately fell in love with it. Shortly after, my brother discovered Porto's in Glendale. Since then, traveling to Glendale for Porto's was an event in itself and well worth it, but we grew tired of making the drive through out the years.. The only Cuban restaurant in our area (that I knew of) was Havanas in Downey, which paled in comparison to Portos.

I moved to Orange County for a few years and REALLY missed Cuban food. My husband, daughter and I moved to Downey and to our delighted surprise Tropicana is so much like Portos, and...dare I say, maybe better in certain aspects?!

The pastelitos de carne (meat pies) are so incredibly tasty as well as the chicken empanadas. The filling is much more plentiful in both than at Portos and have a richer flavor. The media noche sandwhich is HUGE compared to Portos. The pork is more tender and juicy. But the overall flavor does go to Portos on the media noche (sorry Tropi) I was pretty bummed that the plantain chips that come with the sandwich were more like crumbs on top of the media noche instead of actual slices of fried plantains. Portos wins that one too.

The deserts all look delicious but I tried the Senorita de dulce de leche (a flakey pastry with dulce de leche). It was pretty good. They have these cute apples dipped in white and milk chocolate and decorated to look like the apple is wearing a tuxedo! The wedding cakes look beautiful but they seem to use fondant as all other wedding cakes (yuck!)

The place itself looks small as you enter through the back but as you pass the cafe part, it opens up nicely to a dining area bustling with people enjoying their food. It seems to always be busy but its not the absolute madhouse that is Portos where you have to wait in Disneyland ride lines (Heaven forbid you forget your wallet) and hover over patrons as they attempt to eat in hopes of scoring their table when they are done. No, at Tropicana you should always find a seat. The parking lot is kind of small but not that bad, although a teeny drive way makes it interesting to get to the parking lot, especially if someone is exiting and you already made the mistake of turning into the driveway. The place is clean, the decor is simple but a delight to look at (vintage Cuba travel posters! I love it!) and not kitschy at all. The staff is friendly and the wait for the food is reasonable.

All in all its a great place for awesome food, fun but not crazy atmosphere, nice salsa music (a wonderful break from the obnoxious reggeton and even more obnoxious mexican banda circus noise that is so rampant in so cal)

Advice: you pay a price for all that flavor in the food, so I suggest you keep some heartburn relief handy!!!

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★★★★★

Southern California does not come to mind when one thinks of Cuban food. Naturally if one wanted great Cuban food, other than going to Cuba herself, the Miami area would be the obvious place to start.

Years ago, on a trip to Miami to visit family, I had my first taste of Cuban food and immediately fell in love with it. Shortly after, my brother discovered Porto's in Glendale. Since then, traveling to Glendale for Porto's was an event in itself and well worth it, but we grew tired of making the drive through out the years.. The only Cuban restaurant in our area (that I knew of) was Havanas in Downey, which paled in comparison to Portos.

I moved to Orange County for a few years and REALLY missed Cuban food. My husband, daughter and I moved to Downey and to our delighted surprise Tropicana is so much like Portos, and...dare I say, maybe better in certain aspects?!

The pastelitos de carne (meat pies) are so incredibly tasty as well as the chicken empanadas. The filling is much more plentiful in both than at Portos and have a richer flavor. The media noche sandwhich is HUGE compared to Portos. The pork is more tender and juicy. But the overall flavor does go to Portos on the media noche (sorry Tropi) I was pretty bummed that the plantain chips that come with the sandwich were more like crumbs on top of the media noche instead of actual slices of fried plantains. Portos wins that one too.

The deserts all look delicious but I tried the Senorita de dulce de leche (a flakey pastry with dulce de leche). It was pretty good. They have these cute apples dipped in white and milk chocolate and decorated to look like the apple is wearing a tuxedo! The wedding cakes look beautiful but they seem to use fondant as all other wedding cakes (yuck!)

The place itself looks small as you enter through the back but as you pass the cafe part, it opens up nicely to a dining area bustling with people enjoying their food. It seems to always be busy but its not the absolute madhouse that is Portos where you have to wait in Disneyland ride lines (Heaven forbid you forget your wallet) and hover over patrons as they attempt to eat in hopes of scoring their table when they are done. No, at Tropicana you should always find a seat. The parking lot is kind of small but not that bad, although a teeny drive way makes it interesting to get to the parking lot, especially if someone is exiting and you already made the mistake of turning into the driveway. The place is clean, the decor is simple but a delight to look at (vintage Cuba travel posters! I love it!) and not kitschy at all. The staff is friendly and the wait for the food is reasonable.

All in all its a great place for awesome food, fun but not crazy atmosphere, nice salsa music (a wonderful break from the obnoxious reggeton and even more obnoxious mexican banda circus noise that is so rampant in so cal)

Advice: you pay a price for all that flavor in the food, so I suggest you keep some heartburn relief handy!!!

Pros: generous portions

Cons: massive heartburn!

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One of our vendors came in today with (2) boxes of pastries for us. OMG OMG OMG!!
DELICIOUS!!!
(1) Chicken and (1) Mango (?) Cream Cheese.

I will absolutley take my family here!!

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★★★★★

One of our vendors came in today with (2) boxes of pastries for us. OMG OMG OMG!!
DELICIOUS!!!
(1) Chicken and (1) Mango (?) Cream Cheese.

I will absolutley take my family here!!

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master bakery i located in te wonderfull city of downey. the bakery is a great size and its very nice and clean the minute you walk in there it has a great wonderful smell. the service is the best ever.

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★★★★☆

master bakery i located in te wonderfull city of downey. the bakery is a great size and its very nice and clean the minute you walk in there it has a great wonderful smell. the service is the best ever.

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