I have to admit, I have a slight bias when it comes to anything Cuban. During those formative years growing up and attending St. Robert Bellarmine Elementary School, my best friend and compatriot of misadventures, Gabie, was Cuban. She taught me the true meaning of ethnic pride and an appreciation of other cultures. And no one made better flan than her grandmother.
So when my friend, Kathy Segura, recommended a Cuban restaurant in Burbank, Guantanamera, I knew it had to be good. I was not disappointed.
Disregard the deceiving strip mall location. Once inside Guantanamera, you are transported to a relaxing yet elegant atmosphere reminiscent of the Cuban cafes in Miami. Tiled floor, wicker chairs and bright colors welcome you. Formal place settings, glassware and cloth napkins create the sophistication inherent in Cuban culinary culture. Together, these elements make this a perfect spot for a romantic date or simply an evening out for the entire family.