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Diablo Tacos Silverlake


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Diablo Tacos Silverlake

cls | Aug 9, 2012 07:27 AM

Just opened in the former La Parilla (of the Mexican singing Elvis.) space.
The space is new, so it would be unfair to negatively comment about the service, wait, etc., but I will say service went off without a hitch, and the food and drinks came out quickly. The beer selection was good, the space is a nice modern improvement over La Parilla. It's good to see places turning over with new higher end tenants.
That's the good news.

I didn't quite understand the layout. All 4 top tables with one long communal table in the middle - which used to be a wall separating the booths, they left it because of budget?
There is a ton of dead and unused space, it seems like they tried to emulate Wurstkutche and are expecting people to wait in line and order in one room and then have a dining room with a bar.
At least during start up, it doesn't seem to work, it's just odd.

The menu reads like it could either be very creative and good, or way off the mark. Unfortunately, having tried 6 different tacos, I vote off the mark. Just too many conflicting ingredients that don't work together. Does pork belly need caramelized banana? and peanut sauce? and cilantro? Does the chicken taco need to be fried, sweet maple fried? with kale? and then a vinaigrette? All of it is served wrapped in a store bought tortilla. I read they make fresh tortillas, but not on my visit.

I hope for the best for them, but without some menu changes, I can't see going back.

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