Chowhound Presents: Table Talk with Dorie Greenspan of Everyday Dorie Ask Your Questions Now

Follow us:

Discover the unexpected in the Los Angeles Area. Explore All of Los Angeles
Restaurants & Bars

El Danzante

Stan | Aug 7, 200404:58 PM

El Danzante (NE corner of Pico and Western) is a cheap Oaxacan place that's nicer inside than most of the restaurants in the area. I got the special, the barbacoa, and a mango agua fresca. The chips were okay and the salsa was pretty good. The barbacoa came in a red sauce with tortillas, a cup of vegetable beef soup, and a plate with cilantro, onions, mild green chilis, and half a lime. It was good but not great. The soup was okay. Agua frescas are usually too watery for my taste, but within those parameters this one was pretty good. The barbacoa meat was okay in flavor, but it was full of bones, so it was not really practical to eat it with the tortillas. As a result I ended up just using the tortillas to soak up the sauce, which isn't real efficient. So it didn't nearly compare to El Borrego de Oro. Still, it's a nice enough place and I'll probably go back and try the red mole some time.

By the way, I went back to El Borrego de Oro on a weekday when they weren't serving their trademark barbacoa. Instead I got some sort of chicken steak with beans, rice, and tortillas. It wasn't that great actually. So unless I'm missing something I guess it's really just for the barbacoa on weekends.

Want to stay up to date with this post? Sign Up Now ›
Log In or Sign Up to comment

Recommended from Chowhound