Food Porn Friday | Bella Cuba | Santa Ana

Friday, November 16, 2012


A total mom-and-pop shop in the corner of a busy Costa Mesa marketplace, Bella Cuba looks like just another franchise popular with corporate lunchers who flock to this area for their afternoon break. Upon entering this bright bazaar, you’re instantly greeted with heart happy Holas! and service with gleaming white smiles. It seriously goes uphill from there with some of the best house-made sangrias this side of the Atlantic. 

We started with beef and chicken empanadas (above) which were crunchy on the outside and so juicy on the inside the flavor was even heightened by dipping it in their signature tangy garlic sauce. I even ordered extra to drench all over my mile-high seafood Paella and the bf’s BBQ chicken dish. 


As you can see the Spanish-influenced Cuban paella was jam-packed with white fish, tuna, crab, scallops, chicken, pork, yellow rice, loads of veggies and what it lacked in flavor (quite bland save for Tapatio and that lemon sauce again) it made up for in volume. I mean lookather, so gorgeous you don’t even want to dive in! 


*Insider’s tip: I judge Cuban joints by the texture of their fried yucca and this one’s sooooo friggin’ PERFECT I really need to re-visit the venue for another go-round at their multi-course menu! Crispy, light, and shreds at the slightest touch, like how most peeps feel about McD’s fries, I feel about these. TOTALLY craveable make sure to order one side per person, you won't wanna share!* 

3940 S. Bristol St. #114 
Santa Ana, CA 92704 
(714) 545-5711 

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16 comments

  1. everything looks really good!

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  2. Looks so good! Love me some paella!

    xoxo, Julie @ OBSESSED

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  3. total visual foodgasm, and I don't get them often...seriously wanna try out Cuban for the first time!

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  4. Think I just gained a few pounds from staring at these mouth watering photos

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  5. Holy hotcakes, I've never tried Cuban cuisine but this looks SO GOOD, ugh thanks for all the temptations!

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  6. Mmmm this looks so good! must go eat some cuban food now!
    xx mili

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  7. thanks for sharing, i will go next time i go santa ana ;)

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  8. You had me at empandadas! Love Cuban food. yum!

    xx Rachel
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  9. You had me at empandadas! Love Cuban food. yum!

    xx Rachel
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  10. OMG... I want it all. Do you want to follow each other? I like your blog and style... Have a great time. Xoxo V.V.

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Give it to me...gimme that funk, that sweet, that gushy stuff

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