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mexican, wide-ranging best of's, I need, please

Thi N. | Feb 5, 200409:36 PM

I have had constant hankerings for mexican lately. I will provide my best of, which I feel is rather shabby, given the number of untried places in East Hollywood and East LA and Highland Park.

Please provide more suggestions. I love, I need, I love.

Favorite tlayuda: El Sazon Oaxaquena

Favorite chilaquiles: when chilaquiles with salsa verde are on special and the good cook is in, Juquila.

Favorite al pastor tacos: King Taco. I've had better, but I can't remember where. I like King Taco a hell of a lot, but I have a feeling I can get a lot better.

Favorite asada tacos: 1. El Gran Burrito when it's hopping, say at 7 or 8, or past midnight on a party night.
2. At the Alameda Swap meet, southwest parking lot, northernmost stall on the east wall. With ultrahot pinkish salsa. Damn fine asada. Only there weekend days, though.

Favorite enchiladas: none

Favorite chorizo: Guelaguetza

Favorite lengua tacos: El Oaxacquena truck (see posting below)

Favorite carnitas: for a while, the Antonijiro Denise's in Hollywood had truly stupendous al pastor and carnitas. Such deep pork flavor it bent my mind. But then the sweet little old lady disappeared and two bored looking men took over the kitchen and it turned to crap. Right now, I got nothing that comes close. Help me.

Actually, no, scratch that. There is fantastic carnitas at La Indiana Tamales. For take home only, though.

Least favorite carnitas: Yucca's. I cannot believe this place is popular. The carnitas is flavorless, except for the flavor of stale grease. Has anyone who recommended Yucca's been three blocks down to El Gran Burrito? Their carnitas is their weakest meat, and it still puts Yucca's to shame.

Favorite atole: La Oaxaquena lunch truck

Favorite tamale: La Indiana's pork and beef tamales. Although the last time I was there they were a little lacking - here's hoping they improve.

Favorite tortillas: At the birria joint on Cesar Chavez that I wrote up and forgot the name of... El... El... Argh! Anyway, genuinely hand-made (hand-patted, not hand-put-in-a-press), softer than hell, beautiful corn tortillas.

Favorite birria: Same joint as above. Though I haven't gone to many birria specialty joints, only had it at general-purpose restaurants.

Favorite cheese: Oaxacan cheese at Guelaguetza.

Favorite drink: Guelaguetza's squash drink.

Favorite fish tacos: These I have explored, and Tacos Baja Ensenada remains, from my first month in LA till now, one of the best friends a boy can have.

I tried to go to El India for albondigas on a Wedn. a few weeks ago, but they were closed for a month for holiday...

I will travel far and wide for greatness. Recommend for me.


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