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El Indio Mexicano Report

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El Indio Mexicano Report

TomSwift | May 2, 2003 03:42 PM

Based on an offhand mention on this board, I tried El Indio (Roscoe just west of Balboa) last Saturday. Went back on Sunday, and just had lunch there today. While the decor scores a -10 (picnic tables outside and a dreary room inside), the food was pretty darn good. And, it's open 24/7! The Carne Asada burritos ($3.35) are wonderful, with small crispy chunks of beef on two visits and larger, not crispy hunks on 1 visit. The burritos with "everything" have beans, cheese, onions, guacamole and salsa. There is a salsa verde on the side. The heat of the salsas has varied from pleasant but not very hot to pleasant and very hot. The Machaca burrito was, I thought, superior to the Carne Asada twice and inferior once. The Machaca was very crispy. The soft Carne Asada taco ($1.40) with cilantro and salsa was moist and very flavorful (it's a different salsa from the burritos). Their guacamole leaves a LOT to be desired. It's a pale green avacado sauce, just like you'd get on taquitos. Little avacado flavor and pretty soupy. They have a wide selection of meats: carnitas, machaca, bruche, milanesa, pastor, lengua, carne asada, pollo and chorizo. As with most places, I think that the quality of your burrito depends on who is assembling it. I'll definately be back to try their breakfasts (chorizo & eggs and a machaca & eggs burrito).

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