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Albondigas worth the drive from...(Mi India Bonita Report)

susancinsf | Mar 11, 200807:44 PM

West LA, no question. These might even be worth the drive from San Francisco...

Was browsing the boards, trying to decide on a lunch spot for today for comfort food after a tough meeting...well, to me comfort food means albondigas, and finding the perfect bowl is a major hobby...

Saw this post from wla about the best albondigas in this or any universe:


and sure, its an oldish post,but recent posts also praise the albondigas at Mi India Bonita.

Lunch question solved. Headed over to the east side from West LA with help of mapquest, after first calling to verify that yes, they had albondigas on Tuesday, and yes, they would have plenty if I got there for a sort of late lunch...

walked in, place about half full, everyone looked happy, including the servers and cooks. The menu is short and to the point, but I knew what I was getting: a large bowl of albondigas, with corn tortillas on the side. Chips and salsa were brought right away: this was some of the tastier salsa I've had since coming to LA, though I was surprised it wasn't hotter than it was given all of the bits of chopped jalapeno I could see in it. Agri-business at it again?

Little bowls of onion and cilantro, limon, rice were also brought. things were looking up.

Soup and tortillas came soon after.

Verdict: if there is a better bowl of albondigas in the greater LA area, please tell me. NOW. and I might have to move here after all....

Broth was rich, flavorful; the meatballs were the perfect size (perhaps just a bit bigger than a golf ball: I think it is harder to get doneness right if the meatballs are too large), and a generous portion, not at all overcooked, with a delightfull, meaty flavor and just the right amount of herbs...(oregano? mint? Is it the perfect meatball when all the flavors mesh together to the point that you can't be quite sure exactly what is in it, you just know it all comes together?) and most impressively: the large chunks of vegetable (carrot, zuchinni, potato) were each cooked to the perfect level of doneness, and each flavor sang: sweetest carrot I've had in a while, fresh zuchini, potato that really tasted like potato...you get the idea...) I bet their cosido is darn good too, if I could figure out how to get in and out of there without ordering the albondigas...

The tortillas were only average at best in my book (though served warm) but it hardly seems even worth mentioning as a quibble. Service was friendly, welcoming, efficient.

Sigh. I thought Babita the other night was the best Mexican food I've had in what seems like years (if one doesn't count the quesadillas estilo DF at Sabor a Mexico, which are sort of a special emotional thing for me), and by objective standards it probably was. But these albondigas made me very, very happy.....(sort of like those quesadillas, I suppose...)

Total for my completely satisfying lunch, with tax, generous tip and an ice tea: $11.00. Does anyone know about any good jobs in that area?

THANKS, Chowhounds.

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