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El Autentico/ corner of Sunset and Douglas in Echo Park

mr mouther | Aug 17, 200403:37 PM

I've been going to this place for a few years and it has changed a lot since January. They have greatly expanded the menu and the dining room, added outdoor seating, fresh paint, etc. I love the place, though it hasn't grabbed me because of any startlingly outrageous flavor - it's more like I love it because it's reliable and the menu is perfectly "authentic" for a changing neighborhood: perfect carnitas, very nice burritos and milanesa tortas, yet also penne pasta, veggie burgers, turkey melts and cobb salads. Pancakes and french toast are as prominent as huevos rancheros and chorizo on the menu.

I've had a bunch of stuff there and I always recommend the daily specials, though they sometimes run out of stuff before one o'clock. The goat is excellent. I did have bad luck with the steak ranchero - tough and dry - but the beef I've had in their burritos has always been good.

I hardly ever see more than two of the 20 tables being used so I wonder about all the expansion, especially the menu stuff since I've never seen someone who looks to be craving a Caesar salad in there. I do get a lot of amusement and pleasure out of the fact that they started serving outstanding crinkle cut fries, spiced.

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