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Aguila Tacos

Cha Hound | Jul 12, 200201:16 AM

Found myself with 40 minutes to spill coming off the 405 and saw this taco stand at corner of venice and sawtelle - went in after passing by it so many times when a friend lived in the area. It looked like such a wretched dump from the outside:disused small strip mall w/ 7-11, no parking, neglected barely-attached slanted and rotting sign - that I had to try it. It's 10:30 am and a 50ish woman with man-ish facial features but a pleasant demeanor and genuine care stops wiping down tables (the place is empty) and asks what i need. unable to think fast enough to even look at the menu, I order a pork taco. $1.40. She asks me if cilantro and onions are OK. Of course they are, and they have fresh fruit for sale on the counter: bananas, apples and peaches. i'm excited cuz I need some fruit. Another guy comes out and starts getting the pan hot enough to cook the pork and when i get the taco it is a normal hand size tortilla on aplate that has absoultely no room to pick up and fold the taco: lots o pork. The pork is 92% meat/8%fat, charred crisp on the outside like perfect skins and hot lava still wet on the inside. I had to push aside half the meat in order to eat it with my hands rather than my cutlery, and asked for another tortilla to eat the rest: 2nd one was free of course (I certainly tipped), and heated to serve.
i don't remember the sauces too well, though i tried them all, because the pork was perfect. A cheap, friendly and welcoming place with an allegiance to serving cared-for food; a true surprise.

(by the way, i'm relatively new to these boards and have been in LA area for less than a year. Done time in Chicago, South Carolina and London. Hello!)

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