Craving good old-school Mexican food and needing somewhere to eat pre-Disney Hall, Ciro's beckoned.
We got there around six and it was already pretty full, but we got a table - by the time we left there was a fair line forming. Many families and couples eating there, good casual vibe. I'm not sure how long it's been open, seems like quite a while.
As we sat down, our waitress brought over a basket of chips and brought us our menus. After we ordered we got the salsas. One bright red and pretty hot, one green salsa that was hot and delicious (my favorite), and then the famous salsa with big chunks of avocado - very buttery and mild. Nice trio.
We shared the flautas (3 chicken and 3 beef) and ropa vieja. I had heard about the flautas here and they are at the head of the menu so that seemed to be a no-brainer. They were about as good as flautas can be, I guess. Tender chicken and chewy beef. Partially covered with guacamole and crema. Pretty tasty.
But the real delight was the ropa vieja. I'm not too sure why I ordered this. I don't get it very often. But for some reason it leapt out at me as exactly what I wanted. And it was! Tender but toothsome shreds of beef. So flavorful with perfect chunks of onion and peppers. Weak tomatoes, but so what - it's only April.
I have to admit I wasn't very good at sharing this. Although I kept offering, it was pretty clearly a hollow gesture. No ropa vieja left on my plate at the end.
Both dishes came with good rice and refried beans. A note on the refried beans. It seems like I don't eat these much any more except spread on the base of a torta. But you know, they were really good. Pasty and creamy with just enough salt. Delicious, in a really simple satisfying way. The ropa vieja also came with a small salad with avocado and corn tortillas that were okay.
The bill came to $22 and change for the two dishes and two beers.
705 N EVERGREEN AVE
LOS ANGELES 90033