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If you're ever in Downey...

Robert Lu | Jun 16, 200502:51 AM

Been assigned to Downey criminal courthouse for last 3 weeks. Many Subway/Quizmo lunches w/co-workers, but managed to do some exploring:

CARNITAS MICHOACAN (Imperial/Paramount): Many places in LA with this name, not sure if they're related. Recommend cabeza and lengua combo plate.

TOKYO GARDEN (Paramount/Stewart & Gray): Surprisingly good sushi for this neck of the woods.

LA AZTECA (Paramount/Stewart & Gray): Mulitos, alambres, fresh tortillas. What was the place in Pasadena at Green & Chester? Sorta like that.

PARILLAS CHOLITO (Paramount/Albia?): Moist, savory pollo a la brasa, good aji.

PERISCO'S (Paramount/Albia?): Italian sandwiches w/fresh bread, but both bread & meatballs were like cardboard.

SALTO DEL FRAILE (Firestone/Old River School): Chicken in pollo saltado tasted off, aji tasted greasy.

AMAPOLA (Florence/Old River School): Fish & shrimp tacos. Not nearly as good as Tacos Baja Ensenada, but very nice tortillas hechas a mano.

GALLO GIRO (Garfield/Eastern): A chain, but one of the best. I always get sopes.

TACOS MEXICO (Firestone/Garfield): These guys are EVERYWHERE. This is the 4th or 5th outlet I've tried, but still prefer King Taco.

LA BARCA JALISCO (Firestone/California): Extensive menu, everything from birria to molcajetes, fresh tortillas. Like La Parrilla, sans paper cutting.

Last two days. Anyone have additional recs?

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