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Centinela between Washington and Culver

Just Larry | Feb 9, 200410:11 PM

For years the only place that I would eat in that area was El Indio...until it closed. J. Gold loved Tacqueria Sanchez and the first time I went I was not in love. Can't remember why. I did go back and every visit I try something new and it has all been great. I have tried tacos made from every organ except Brain. This weekend I tried the Potato Tacquitos. I filled a couple of cups with Guacamole from the salsa bar and also a bright orange salsa. The tacquitos, hot and crispy from the fryer are squirted with Crema and crumbles of Cotija cheese. I dipped them in the Guacamole and crunched into sheer heaven. Only Thi could put into words the wonderfulness of this experience. I also had the Rajas Gordita. The Rajas and cheese were heated in the microwave and was good but not worth repeating. The tamales are excellent but are also heated in the microwave. If you want them, order them cold, to go, and steam them yourself at home. Probably the best corn husk style tamales that I have ever had. Chicken, Pork and Beef are all equally good.

I tried the seafood specialty Mexican restaurant across the street from T. Sanchez and had the most boring Tostada Mixta, a decent fish taco and an Empanada de Camarones that was oily as heck and pretty bland too. I had never seen that on a menu before and had to try it. Go at your own risk.

I have also tried the Chinese BBQ place on the same street, one block North of Sanchez. The Pork ribs in Black Bean sauce is very nice, the spicy Chicken Wings are tough but the sauce is good. Shu Mai were rubbery but filling tasty, Bao was wonderful on the inside but tough as heck on the outside. I ordered something that the owner said was very popular with his Chinese customers. It is Salt Fish with Ground Pork. The ground pork is like breakfast sausage and the sauce smells like sweaty feet. Once I got past the smell, it actually tasted pretty good. Lots of flavor. He will make a duck for you if you order it a day in advance. Prices are very cheap at all of these places and it really is quite an adventure. I look forward to many more exciting meals on this street. People at the counter at all of these places could not have been nicer too.

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