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Echo Park park food

burntwater | Jul 5, 200908:24 PM     1

Not at the level of Breed Street as far as execution and variety goes but there's a tiny street food happening at Echo Park. The food is small segment to all the people who are selling clothes, CD's, tools and sprinklers.

Located mostly at the East end of the park the center entrance is flanked by two taco vendors.
On the South side is a woman with a shopping cart cooking carne asada and sausages on a charcoal grill. On the North side of the path is a man cooking carne asada and chicken also on charcoal. Both vendors are using commercial tortillas. The vendor on the North side has a nice nopales / onion condiment and both serve hot beans in a pot as an additional condiment.

Behind them is a man selling birria tacos. He's got a tiny setup that seems barely big enough to cook on. His tortillas were pretty funky (commercial). He's cooking them over a open grill so they came out uneven.
He does however have a nice pot of consomme. A small cup will cost you a dollar with chunks of birria added. His setup and food is kind of rough around the edges. It's very street there's some funny charm to that.

There is a woman and daughter selling fresh roasted corn out of a shopping cart next to the entrance for two dollars.

Across the street is a woman selling either hand made gorditas or pupusas ( I didn't get a good look) and bacon wrapped dogs.

North of the entrance is a cart selling empanadas that were great. They are very golden in color with a nice texture and perfectly cooked. It's served in a bowl with a generous cabbage mixture piled up on the side and a ladle of red sauce is poured over the cabbage. I thought it was going to be some sort of hot sauce but it turned out to be kind of sweet. This stand is on par with Breed Street.

In the South East corner of the park there's a guy selling mariscos from a small hand cart. His execution and quality is equal to the DF truck in Highland Park.
A look at his setup and you can tell a lot of care has been taken in the preparation.
His cilantro and onion mix were diced neatly in a tight uniform cut.
The seafood is displayed perfectly behind a clean glass window and the cart itself is also very clean. I counted 9 steps in the making of the tostada.

A tostada with octopus and avocado was two bucks.

The weird part of the day came when a guy who looked like he was undercover asked me how much I was charged for a food item.

Overall there's not enough to make it a foodie destination like Breed or Red Hook. If your in the area and you need a bite then it's fun to check out. Everything I ordered was either one or two dollars. Also the blue corn quesadilla lady is right up the street.

As I was leaving a woman was pushing a fresh cart with pots and condiments across the street to the park but everything was covered so I couldn't tell what she was selling.

Perhaps there are more vendors towards dinner time?

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