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Real Mexican in NoHo

Deirdre | Apr 5, 200301:26 PM

Okay, so you want something a bit different and more authentic when it comes to Mexican food? I suggest you try APATZINGENZE, 10929 Burbank Blvd. That's just a block east of Vineland on the northside. Parking behind. Older blue and white building on the corner.

This past Thursday I noticed that this site had been taken over by new owners, and it boasts "authentic Mexican Food". It was a little late for lunch, as I had been running errands, but I decided to stop in and try it.

I had the Camarones Ajillo; a butter/garlic/roasted dried red chilies recipe. Like a Mojo y Ajo, but with more flavor. Not hot. Good, fresh garlic flavor. It was served with rice and beans and a bit of salad, which was more of a garnish.

The beans had a whole roasted chile arbol, and flavor was NOT your usual refritos. Creamy, and with a decidedly good and different flavor. The portion was a bit small, served in a little bowl. The rice was not your typical "Mexican", either; shortgrained and simple, with a touch of tomato.

The tortillas (I perfer de maiz (corn)) were hechos a mano. This is a daily fare, and they were excellent.

They have "Lunch Specials" at around $3.99, but I find them normally boring at most restaurants. Actually, here, they might be better. The Latinos seemed to enjoy them; I was the only gringa in the place.

Service was very friendly, and the hostess (is she the manager?) and I had a nice chat, even though my Spanish needs a lot of practice, and her English is not fluent.

I will definitely return and try some of their other dishes. I'd like to hear what other Chowhounds have to say about this "little" place.

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