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As a Puerto Rican living in Los Angeles, I'm grateful for the authentic Mexican and Central American food here, but I want — no, need — Caribbean food. Having grown up in and around New York City and being 3,000 miles away from my family, I no longer get to indulge on the yummy Caribbean food I grew up with. So the hunt has been on to find Puerto Rican and Cuban spots that can satisfy my taste buds. I'm still holding out for a Dominican spot that can serve up some mangu. Fingers crossed. In the meantime, here are six Caribbean restaurants to check out if you're in the Los Angeles area. And I'm still exploring, so if there's a spot I missed, please add it below.

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