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Lempira Restaurante Hondureno

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Lempira Restaurante Hondureno

debra | Mar 11, 2008 11:27 AM

I've had this little place on my list for years, finally realized it was right next door to Barnsdall Park, where I've taken classes for years. It kills me that I just realized this, this place is a gem. It's small, absolutely no atmosphere, but the food seems like the kind of stuff you might have gotten if you went home after school with your honduran friend, and her grandma was waiting to find out what we wanted her to make us to eat. And I mean right down to waiting while she makes the tortillas. (the "pat pat pat" sound of handmaking flour tortillas is definitely the sound of love in the kitchen)

On to the chow... We got a sampling of things, to go, and everything was a taste treat. I'll start with the star of the show plátano maduro entero con carne molida. It's a huge fried plantain, split open, down the middle, and heaped with tasty, seasoned ground beef, cabbage, crema... A fantastic combination (you'll note a pattern here, most of the dishes were a great combination of flavors). Moving on to the Baliada -- sort of a burrito, but it's folded instead of wrapped. I got the one con carne. I'm not completely sure what was inside, (to be honest this didn't make it home for disection, it got eaten in the car) but I think there was a smear of beans, very tasty chunks of meat, velvety scrambled egg, and probably some avocado, cabbage and crema or cheese -- again, a taste sensation. Nothing is really spicy here. It's the flavor combos --this was a party in my mouth, the best "burrito" I've probably ever had, and in no small amount due also to the fact that it was inside a very tender tortilla that was just dough a minute earlier. Ok the Tajadas con chuleta, were thin slices of fried green banana (I thought these were going to be thin and crisp, but they weren't crisp --could be due to the travel home, but this did not compromise the dish in any way, it's possible they weren't crisp to begin with, because they weren't sooo thin, either way, they were perfect) The pork chops were nicely seasoned, thin, a bit leathery --but when I cut it up, and got a forkfull of banana, pork, and the topping of cabbage & crema --the whole thing came together. Who knew that bananas/plantains are the perfect accompaniment to meat --move over potato! We also got an order of chicharrones con yuca. I thought this was going to be fried chunks of pork (which it sometimes is in Salvadorian places), but this version was small chunks of well fried (break your teeth on--which is actually the way I like 'em) chicharrones (you know the kind with some of the fat, which I don't like, and scoop out), atop a pile of boiled yucca. This dish was good, but definitley not what I'd recommend you come on out for. One dish we didn't get was the sopa de caracol (conch), we saw someone eating it and it looked great, will definitely try that next time.

Here is a link to the 2003 review that originally wet my whistle
http://www.calendarlive.com/dining/10...

A few last things... it's cash only, but the prices are rock bottom, I think the baliada was $2.50, and the chuletas $7.50. It was about $20 for the 4 dishes. Don't come in a hurry, they are cooking to order, so it takes a while. I think they close at 8. This place is truely a delicious gem, I'll be back.

Enjoy!

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Lempira Restaurant
4848 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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