Tropicana Bakery & Cuban Café is the product of almost two decades of restaurant experience and innovative thinking from a single pioneer family - the Madrazo Family.
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Tropicana Bakery & Cuban Café is the product of almost two decades of restaurant experience and innovative thinking from a single pioneer family - the Madrazo Family.
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Tropicana Bakery & Cuban Café is the product of almost two decades of restaurant experience and innovative thinking from a single pioneer family - the Madrazo Family.
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Tropicana Bakery & Cuban Café

In the early 1990’s, Melvyn Madrazo Sr., a Cuban-born American citizen, had the idea to open a restaurant which served rotisserie chicken prepared both Cuban-style and Mexican-style. After discussing the idea with his wife and children, the beginning of a long-term family collaboration began. The Madrazo family business evolution began with the creation of Los Pollos, a restaurant which was opened in the early 1990’s.

The Madrazos created a unique marinade which contained both Mexican seasonings and Cuban citrus style mojo. It was this Madrazo marinade which formed the signature dish at Los Pollos. From the outset, Melvyn’s vast experience as part owner and vice president of production for a large emblem manufacturing business with over 300 employees served the family business well.

Los Pollos was a success, and growth was soon to follow with the opening of a second restaurant in 1995 in East Los Angeles (Los Pollos #2) and a third, which opened in 1997 in the city of Downey (Los Pollos #3) and 2006 (Tropicana Chicken in Bell Gardens). The operation evolved from a single store to multiple-unit operators.


A Family Collaboration

Tropicana Bakery & Cuban Café was created in 1999 and is owned and operated by the Madrazo Family, including Melvyn Sr. (father), Adela (mother), Michael (son), Albert (son), and Melvyn Jr. (son). Each family member has contributed in their own unique way to the design, implementation, and operation of Tropicana Bakery & Cuban Cafe’s sweet tradition.

The family vision was to create a bakery/café based on four fundamentals:
1) Offer traditional Cuban, Mexican, European-influenced, and other Latin American sweets in a premium quality
2) Offer traditional Cuban, Mexican, European-influenced, and other Latin American coffees and beverages
3) Provide a clean pleasant ambiance
4) Provide friendly service.

The collective Madrazo idea also included recreating an authentic traditional Latin experience in an American-modern setting. The parents had the vision of the tradition, and the children had the vision of the American modern setting.

For inspiration, Melvyn Sr. remembers growing up in his father’s “cafeteria and pasteleria”. He recalls childhood memories of his grandfather working with flour, baking the Cuban bread, making Cuban pastries and serving Cuban espresso. According to Mr. Madrazo, Tropicana Bakery & Cuban Café is like returning to his childhood.

However, Tropicana is more than just a Cuban bakery/Café. The other aspect is directly related to Adela, who is originally from Mexico and fondly remembers drinking Mexican hot chocolate with her pan dulce. The tradition of gathering with the family in a clean and orderly hacienda and having a social moment to enjoy Mexican hot chocolate and pan dulce is a special memory that she wanted to recreate. Both Melvyn Sr. and Adela introduced traditional recipes from their respective native homelands.

The children, raised in a Cuban/Mexican home setting, enjoyed both Cuban and Mexican cuisines, and they also enjoyed fusing those two backgrounds. For example, Michael, Al, and Melvyn, enjoyed drinking Mexican hot chocolate and Cuban espresso- a fusion of both cultures in one drink which has become a popular signature drink at Tropicana Bakery & Cuban Café. They also enjoy putting jalapeno peppers in their Cuban sandwiches. So when it came time to design the menu for the bakery/café, their parents introduced traditional recipes, and the children offered recipes which are a fusion of both traditions.

The Best Of All Worlds “Fusion” is an underlying theme throughout Tropicana Bakery & Cuban Café. The décor juxtaposes Latin and modern influences; sleek design is accented with rustic touches; and the lively atmosphere is filled with the sounds of tropical Cuban music. Service is prompt and cordial, and patrons often meet to socialize over Cuban espresso based drinks and pastelitos. The Madrazo family brings their collective memories of their respective native Cuba and Mexico; their collective thoughts about their present lives in California and how the USA will look and taste in the future.

MENU

Breakfast

Chorizo Omelette
$8.50

Spanish Style Chorizo

Española Omelete
$8.50

Spanish Style Omelette (Ham, Onions, Potatoes & Sweet Peas).

Ham and Cheese Omelette
$7.75
Spinach & Cheese Omelette
$8.00
Veggie Omelette
$6.75

Spinach, Bell Peppers, Onion & Tomatoes

Ham and Eggs
$8.00

Jamon con huevos

Steak & Eggs
$14.50

Bistek y huevos

Eggs Cuban Style
$8.50

Huevos a la cubana

2 Fried eggs. White Rice & Plantains

Huevos Rancheros a la Tropicana
$10.99
Egg & Cheese Croissant
$5.50
Breakfast Sandwich
$6.99

Ham, Chorizo or Bacon

Oatmeal with Fruit
$4.50

Avena con fruta

daily Lunch specials

Monday - Friday 11am - 2pm
Mondays
$9.99

Soup & 1/2 Sandwich Your choice of Cuban Sandwich or Media Noche Sandwich & Chicken Soup or Albondigas.

Tuesdays
$9.99

Fresh Garden Salad with Chicken Breast

Wednesdays
$9.99

Small Ropa Vieja, Rice & Black Beans

Thursdays
$9.99

Small Arroz con Pollo with Fresh Garden Salad

Fridays
$9.99

Shredded Pork Plate with Rice, Beans & Plantains

APPEtizers

Tropicana Sampler
$8.99

2 Tostones, 3 Masitas Fritas, 1 Papa Rellena y 1 Croquetta con Mojo de Ajo

salads / ensaladas

Add: Chicken Breast $4.00, Steak $6.00, Salmon $7.00
Dressing: Ranch, Blue Cheese, Vinaigrette, Raspberry Vinaigrette
Tropicana Bowl
$9.75

Brown Rice, Black Beans, Spinach, Diced Banana, Diced Chicken Breast, Avocado & House Salsa

MIC’S Health Salad
$9.99

Fresh Berries, Banana, Avocado, Olive Oil, Citrus Mix on a Bed of Spring Mix/Spinach

AL’s Gourmet Salad
$9.99

Sautéed Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Garlic, Onion & Olive Oil on a Bed of Spring Mix/Spinach

Fruit Salad/ Ensalada de Fruta
$5.75
Garden Salad
$3.99
Ensaladas de Aguacate
$5.75

Avocado Salad with Onions & Olive Oil

soups (stews/sopas)

Sopa de Pollo Bowl
$7.25

Chicken Noodle Soup

Sopa de Pollo Cup
$5.50

Chicken Noodle Soup

Sopa de Albondigas de Pavo
$8.99

Turkey Meat Ball Soup

Potaje de Garbanzo Bowl
$8.99

Garbanzo Bean With Diced Ham Soup

Potaje de Garbanzo Cup
$6.50

Garbanzo Bean With Diced Ham Soup

SIDE ORDERS

Yuca Frita
$3.75

Fried Yuca

Yuca Con Mojo
$4.50

Boiled Yuca With Garlic Sauce

Platanos Maduros
$3.00

Sweet Plantains

Tostones
$3.50

Freshly Fried Plantains

Arroz Blanco
$3.00

White Rice

Arroz Integral
$3.99

Brown Rice

Frijol Negro
$3.99

Cuban Black Beans

Congri/Moros
$3.99

A Mixture of Black Beans & White Rice

Mariquitas
$4.00

Fried Banana Chips

Chicharron de Puerco (per lb)
$8.50

Pork Rinds

Pan con Mantequilla
$3.50

Buttered Cuban Bread

Huevos Fritos
$4.50

Fried Eggs / Scrambled

PAELLA

Please allow 30 minutes for preparation

PLATES

All of our Plates come with your choice of Black Beans & White Rice or Congri & Sweet Plantains or Tostones or Yuca (Excluding Arroz Frito) NO SUBSTITUTIONS OR MODIFICATIONS
Lechon Desmenusado
$16.50

Cuban Roasted Shredded Pork

Masitas de Puerco Frita con Cebolla
$16.99

Fried Pork Chunks with Onions

Arroz Con Pollo
$16.50

Chicken & Rice

Fricase de Pollo
$16.50

Chicken in Tomatillo Sauce

Mic’s Special
$15.50

Grilled Chicken, Brown Rice & Salad

Pollo a la Plancha
$14.25

Grilled Chicken Breast

Pollo Empanizado
$15.99

Breaded Chicken

Pollo Frito con Cebolla
$16.50

Fried Chicken & Onions

Arroz Frito
$17.99

Fried Rice Including Ham, Shrimp & Eggs

Bistec Empanizado
$17.50

Breaded Steak

Bistec de Palomilla
$16.75

Top Sirloin Steak with Onions

Bistec Picado
$16.75

Steak with Bell Peppers & Onions

Carne con Papas
$16.99

Traditional Cuban Beef Stew & Potatoes

Rabo Encendido
$18.99

Braised Ox Tail

House Speciality ~ Traditional Cuban Plate

Ropa Vieja
$16.99

Traditional Cuban Shredded Marinated Steak

Vaca Frita
$16.75

Fried Sheered Steak with Grilled Onions & Garlic

Plato de Salmon
$18.75

Salmon Plate

Plato de Tilapia
$17.75

Tilapia Plate

Sandwiches

All sandwiches are served with Potato Chips
Cuban Sandwich
$6.75

Roasted Seasoned Pork & Ham Sandwich

Chorizo con Pan
$8.50

Spanish Sausage with Grilled Peppers & Onions

Media Noche
$6.75

Same as Cuban Sandwich on Sweet Bread

Pan con Lechon
$6.50

Roasted Pork Sandwich

Chicken Club Sandwich
$8.99

Grilled Chicken, Tropicana Sauce, Bacon Lettuce, Tomatoes & Avocado, Swiss Cheese & Ortega Chilies on French Bread

Balsamic Chicken Sandwich
$8.99

Grilled Chicken, Spinach, Balsamic Dressing, Avocado, Tomato on a Toasted Wheat Bun

Turkey Club
$8.99

Turkey, Swiss Cheese, Tropicana Sauce, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Avocado and Ortega Chilies on French Bread

California Vaca Frita Sandwich
$8.99

Pan-Fried Shredded Steak with Grilled Onions, Spinach, Avocado & Tomato on Wheat Bread

Palomilla Club Sandwich
$8.99

Thinly Sliced Steak, Tropicana Sauce, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Avocado, Ortega Chili, Swiss Cheese & Grilled Onions on French Bread

Pan con Bitec
$8.49

Fajita Style Grilled Steak Sandwich on French Bread

Ropa Vieja Sandwich
$8.99
Steak Croissant Sandwich
$8.99

Thinly Sliced Steak with Spinach, Cheese, Tomato & Avocado

Vaca Frita Sandwich
$8.99

Pan-Fried Shredded Steak with Grilled Onions on French Bread

Croquetta Preparada
$8.50

Similar to a Cuban Sandwich

Papa Rellena Preparada
$8.50

(Similar to a Cuban Sandwich) Potato Ball Sandwich on French Bread

Frita Cubana
$7.99

Cuban Style Hamburger

cafe

Add a Shot for 65c
Add Soy/Almond Milk for 75c
Café Cubano (Single)
$1.95
Café Cubano (Double)
$2.50
Cortadito (Café y Leche)
$2.50

Single Mini

Cortadito (Café y Leche)
$3.25

Double Reg

Café con Leche (Espresso & Steam Milk)
$3.50

Small

Café con Leche (Large)
$4.25

Espresso & Steam Milk

Café Latte
$3.5

Small

Café Latte
$4.25

Large

Cappuccino
$3.25

Small

Cappuccino
$4.00

Large

Café Mocha
$3.50

Small

Café Mocha
$4.25

Large

Dulce Leche
$3.50

Small

Dulce Leche
$4.25

Large

Iced or Blended
$4.75

Ice Latter – Cappuccino – Latte

Hot Chocolate (Like Mom makes it!)
$2.99

12 oz

American Coffee (Decaf Available)
$2.25

Small

smoothies $4.25

Soy or Almost + $1.50
Tropical Batidos Milk Based $4.50
Strawberry, Mango, Mamey, Guanabana, Papaya, Guava, Lemonade, Piña Colada

drinks-bebidas

Iron Beer, Jupina, Colombiana, Inka-Cola, Materva
$2.75
Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Sierra Mist, Dr. Pepper, Trop Lemonade, Cherry Pepsi
$3.50
Stubborn Craft Sodas: Black Cherry, Lemon Berry Acai, Agave Vanilla Cream, Craft Cola, Brisk Tea, Raspberry, Green Tea with Peach, Unsweetened Tea
$3.50
Fresh Orange Juice
$3.99
Hot or Cold Tea
$2.25
Coconut Water
$3

kids meal

Served with Rice, Beans & Fruit
Chicken Fingers
$6.50
Eggs Any Style
$6.50
Kids Drink
$1.90

Cuban Specialites

Croquetta
$0.99

Ham & Chicken Croquet

Papa Rellena
$1.40

Cuban Potato Ball Spinach/Meat

Tamal
$2.99

Pork & Chicken

Pastelitos de Carne
$1.05

Meat Pastry

Pastelitos de Guayaba
$1.05

Guava Pastry

Pastelitos de Guayaba y Queso
$1.15

Guava & Cheese Pastry

Pastelitos de Queso
$1.15

Cheese Roll

Pastelitos de Coco
$1.15

Coconut Pastry

Pastelitos de Guayaba y Coco
$1.15

Guava & Cheese pastry

Pastelitos de Mango
$1.15

Mango Pastry

Pastelitos de Mango y Queso
$1.15
Trio Pastelito
$1.29

Guava / Cheese & coconut

Empanadas
$2.40

Chicken/ Spicy Chicken / Chorizo / Ham & Cheese / Ropa Vieja

the best of all worlds “fusion”

The décor juxtaposes Latin and modern influences; sleek design is accented with rustic touches; and the lively atmosphere is filled with the sounds of tropical Cuban music. The Madrazo family brings their collective memories of their respective native Cuba and Mexico; their collective thoughts about their present lives in California and how the USA will look and taste in the future.