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And now for a trip to Ecuador - Cancun Ole in Montebello

Zoe | Dec 15, 200502:37 PM

I am not a terrific fan of "Sirene - S. Irene Vibilla (hope I spelled that right) but she does have the pungent comment from time to time and this week it was something like: I would like to open a menu that is not the same tired list of offerings. Sometimes want something different.

Cancun Ole is it.

4pm on a Tuesday afternoon is not the greatest time to look for lunch; Mi India Bonita is closed for December and the Chinese lot have stopped serving, getting ready for 5.30 opening for dinner. We have passed by Cancun Ole on Beverly Blvd. just east of Atlantic, weekly. Its a bright pink building and hard to miss. Big sign says Mariscos and since it was too cold to enjoy our usual lunch at El Jato lunch truck, eating on the side walk, we went inside to Cancun Ole.

The menu says Ecuadorian cuisine and Seafood and does not disappoint (other the fish soup was not up to the delicious bowl that the Ecuadorian restaurant on Virgil and Beverly puts out. They have lots of lunch special $4.99, more on the Mexican bent but the regular menu has a host of untried dishes, tastewise (by Mme Zoe and me). We chose the Fritada con mote, papa y maduro - $9.00 and split it; huge plate of fried pork riblets roasted with garlic onions and spices, served with hominy (fried it is crunchy like popcorn), potatoes (unbelievably tasty cheese potatoe patties that were fried crisp and sweet bananas, rice on the side. Huge plate and a very different taste experience, particularly with the crunchy hominy. We split a cheese empanada to start and also ordered a bowl of fish soup (not so great). They offer Tropical and Manzana sodas from Ecuador too (I drank water). Weekend special is: Caldo de Salchicha with is sausage stuffed with green plantain in soup also encedbollado de Pescarado - fish served with onion and garlic. Next time I am going to try "Guatita" - beef tripe preared in a peanut butter and potato sauce.

Not too much atmosphere but imagine the place is hopping on the weekend with a dance floor and band and hopefully, lowered lights. Nice people, good food.

Cancun Ole,
5210 E. Beverly Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90022
Closed Monday,
Open 11 - 8, T to Th
ll-9 on Saturday
11-10 on Sunday.
Parking in the back.

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