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El Parian-First Time

sel | Feb 3, 200610:09 AM

Well there have been a lot of posts here that had me thinking that El Parian must be Mexican Meat Heaven. Drove a long distance to have dinner here cause I just had to see for myself. I opened the forboding, not really, security door and had to shake my head. Was I really in L.A. or was this Mexico? The ambiance said Mexico. It was quiet for 6 P.M. or so, only one other table was occupied. The cook was working his magic on the grill, the smell said yum!

This is a restaurant with a very limited menu. No cheese quesadillas or chicken tacos for my kids. No horchata, one of our favorite beverages, or any other aguas frescas- just beer and sodas. Ordered a Modelo and got a Modelo Especial, not the Negra Modelo that I was expecting. Waitress served it with a salt shaker and a plate of fresh lemon pieces and ya know it was really good. She brought a bowl of round Tostito Brand type chips and a small plastic molcahete (sp?) of salsa. The chips were horrid! Out of an open red plastic bag and they were really stale. They were the worst chips that I have ever had in a Mexican restaurant. The salsa was ok but had no heat. I tried the salsa that was on the table in a squirt bottle, like the ones that chefs use to decorate plates, now that was so good! A little heat and vinegar bite. I could drink this stuff!

As I said before, this place has a limited menu. A choice of 3 kinds of meat. Birria (goat meat), carne asada (broiled beef) and carnitas (fried pork). Meats are served as a plate with the usual sides, tostadas, burritos with rice and beans or just meat or my choice of the evening- tacos. Got 3 tacos so I could sample all 3 meats. When they arrived I wondered who was gonna carry me back to my car, they were so stuffed with meat that there was no room for the cilantro, onions and chopped tomato served on another plate. All 3 meats were good. I thought I would prefer the birria but I have to give the 1st place award to the very flavorful and well grilled with crunchy bits carne asada. Birria had a good meaty flavor as did the carnitas but I prefer carnitas with the fried to a crunch pieces as well as the soft juicy parts- good but I've had better. At $2.25/taco, these were double the price that I usually pay for tacos at carnicerias or trucks. But they were overstuffed with good to excellent meat, great salsa in the squirt bottle, an enjoyable ambiance and good beer!

To quote the Governator, "I'll be back!"

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