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Seafood & Tacos Raul in South Gate

TomSwift | Nov 11, 200404:31 PM

I zipped by this place this morning on the way to a meeting in Downey and decided to check it out for lunch on the way back. Its a small stand with a small, nice patio on one side and picnic tables on the other. When I arrived at 11:00 I was the only person there; when I left at 11:20 the parking lot was full and people were waiting.

They do soft tacos (.95), burritos ($3.50), tortas and quesadillas. The meats are asada, pastor, carnitas, buche, cabeza, lengua, chorizo and pescado. What made me think the place had promise was the smell of grilling meats and the griddle of browning boiling onions, the huge skillet of browning chicken, the piles of shredded mets on the grill and the lime wedges on the counter.

The al pastor taco was simply great. The pork was not overly fatty at all (a common failing) and was cooked crispy on the edges but still juicy inside. The salsa packed a flavorful punch of cilantro, onion and chile, and the small tortillas were warm and moist. I should have stuck with tacos.

Next had a carne asada burrito which was pretty disappointing. The beef had little flavor (at least compared to the pork) and seemed dried out. Several obnoxious pieces of gristle. The ratio of rice:beans:meat:salsa wasn't right with too much rice. The tortilla was cool although the filling was piping hot.

I was the only non-Hispanic there.

I'd go back and try the other meats. 7112 Firestone Blvd., South Gate. South side of the street.

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