Had friends in town last night and we wound up running out to La Parrilla on Sunset. I've been eating at this place since 2000, but hadn't been in well over 6 months. It had been a staple in the past, but was replaced by other fairer, newer restaurants, and I was expecting a decent meal but nothing special. To my surprise, the place has much improved- it wasn't bad before, but the cooking is up a couple of notches.
Guacamole- freshly made, excellent as ever
Chicken quesadilla- nice grilled chicken in the quesadilla- clearly marinated, cooked perfectly, juicy with a little crust
Queso fundido con chorizo- good, now with some very nice corn tortillas- not handmade, but rustic and full flavored, better than what they used to have
Platon de patron- plate of cooked meats- nicely marinated, thinly sliced beef and pork and a chunk of chorizo
Rib-eye- thinly sliced steak slathered in an adobo-variant. Delicious
Beef Milanesa- nicely done, nothing spectacular
Sides were great- nice flavor to the rice (cooked in chicken stock maybe?), and tasty beans with some smokey pork in them
Altogether, really impressive. I stopped to ask on the way out and it turns out there's someone new in the kitchen- clearly they know how to cook. Worth a stop by if you haven't been there in a while.