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levbarg | May 2, 2003 06:02 PM

La Super-Rica in Santa Barbara is by far the best and most unique Mexican I've had, bar none.

For the uninitiated, although it looks like a standard taco stand from the outside, what they dish up is far from ordinary.

There is no 'filler' in their food-- this is not the kind of place that loads you up on chips and salsa. In fact, there are no chips at all. Yes, that's right Mr. or Ms. Boring-and-Standard-Mexican-Food-Junkie. No chips.

La Super Rica forgoes the old cheap and boring starchy Mexican filler standbys and serves up only the good stuff. Freshly pressed corn tortillas are served *seconds* after coming off the grill. And with the tortillas they serve up paper plates of startlingly flavorful charcoal grilled chopped meats (marinated pork, beef, chicken and amazing chorizo) mixed with a variety of other ingredients such as onions, zucchini, pasilla peppers (often stuffed with white mexican cheese) and more depending on the item you order. The most expensive plate is under $6 (most are in the $2-$3 range) so you can try a lot of different items, especially if you go with a couple of friends. My favorite is the Chorizo Especial, 3 warm tortillas in foil and a bowl of chopped chorizo suspended in hot melted white cheese which you spoon into the soft tortillas. It's heaven in a fluffy tortilla.

SO... here is my question for all you LA chowhounds WITH Super Rica experience....

Where in Los Angeles can I find food as unique and flavorful as LSR?

LSR has become the standard by which I measure all Mexican food by and I have to say, any time I see a burrito on a menu I dismiss the restaurant as being yet another uninspired cookie-cutter mexican place, often without even trying it. LSR has spoiled me.

I don't expect that there will be anything exactly like LSR in Los Angeles, but maybe there's something similar? I'd even be willing to try a place with burritos :-) if the rest of the menu was as flavorful and inspiring (and cheap!) as La Super Rica.

Thanks all

There are plenty of standard 'Best of' Mexican food threads on this board. This is not a search for standard Mexican... please don't reply unless you've actually eaten at La Super Rica!!

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