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Chalio Birrieria on Atlantic

Stan | Jun 17, 200409:17 PM

I went to the branch of Chalio Birrieria on Atlantic near Whittier. It wasn't as good as the branch on 1st St. It's larger and doesn't have the same atmosphere. Fewer stuffed animals on the walls and more televisions, two of them, chattering away on different channels. It's got kind of a Denny's vibe, actually, and some other restaurant's name (like "Bertha's") inlaid permanently into its front step. For scientific purposes I ordered the same thing as I got on 1st St, namely the plain old spicy goat (no bones, no "nerve meat") and an orange juice. The goat seemed overdone, almost burned in places. The tortillas, which are more like pancakes, are still remarkable, but here they were damper or something, more of a starch assault on the stomach. The orange juice was better, but the hot sauce (both red and green this time) was ordinary. There were chips this time, but they were oily. The people were friendly enough, but they overcharged me and didn't understand enough English to get why I was gesturing at the bill. I'd still go back to the place on 1st St, but I have to say that except for the Sonora Bakery, Whittier Blvd just underperforms.

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