El Cochinito

El Cochinito — Los Angeles Explorers Guild

El Cochinito

If you’re looking for one of the best Cuban sandwiches in the world, look no further than El Cochinito on Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake.

El Cochinito (“The Little Pig”) has been serving Cuban food out of this small strip mall in Silver Lake, between a dental clinic and thrift store, since 1988. The family-owned and operated restaurant was started by Gladys Gutierrez with recipes straight from Havana — where her father operated a restaurant in the 1950s.

In 2018 El Cochinito’s Cubano Sandwich was crowned the Best Cuban Sandwich at the International Cuban Sandwich Festival in Ybor City, Florida. And that’s quite an accomplishment in a city known for its excellent Cuban sandwiches.

El Cochinito Cubano, the best Cuban sandwich in the world. Photo from the author’s collection.

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The next time you get hungry, do yourself a favor and order a Cubano ($12) or a plate of slow-roasted lechon asado from El Cochinito. Or, if you’re feeling ambitious, make one yourself from the restaurant’s official recipe at Tasty.

El Cochinito

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Tom Fassbender is a writer of things with a strong adventurous streak. When not exploring Los Angeles, he’s been known to enjoy a cup of coffee or two. You can find him at Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


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