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Mexican Food in the South Bay

Bob Z. | Jun 9, 2004 01:58 PM

I once again tried EL Burrito Jr. (the one on PCH). I know others speak highly of it, but I just don't get it. To me it is mediocre Americanized Mexican - lots of cheese, sour cream, and mushy guac. We had a carnitas super deluxe burrito, carnitas tacos, and asada tacos. The meat just doesn't jump out. The carnitas taste like plain roast pork, without flavor or that nice crust. The asada was likewise underseasoned.

The carnitas at the El Tarasco on Marine and Inglewood are a thousand times better, although they are inconsistent.

I also recently tried Rosa's on Aviation near Ocean. There is also one on PCH in Hermosa. Rosa's was quite good. I had a great Horchata that was well-spiced. They were out of carnitas, but the carne asada was quite tasty. I also really enjoyed a chorizo taco. It came with iceberg lettuce and shredded cheddar-jack cheese, but the crunch of the lettuce and the creaminess of the cheese perfectly offset the fine, spicy chorizo.

Finally, I also tried El Torito Grill on Hawthorne for the first time. I had a entree salad with shrimp in a raspberry dressing. It was archetypal corporate chain salad. The dressing was too sweet. There were too many flavors that didn't blend well. At least everything was fresh, and it was edible. But, I won't be going out of my to try the restaurant again.

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