Not sure about the name of the last one. It's the taqueria in the same minimall as Monte Alban. I think it's Super Tacos.
Not that great. Got carnitas and asada there. Both tough and dry, typical old steam table Mexican. Salsas decent I suppose, if not watery. They were doing a good tortas business for the local Mexican crowd though and they looked good. I'd rather go to Monte Alban.
Loteria-got carnitas, cochinito pibil, pollo en pipian, and papa con rajas. Everything except papas were way salty, definitely an appeal to the gringo crowd. Tortillas homemade and fresh, but thick. Salsas good. Flavors very good. Meat too finely pulled/chopped for my taste, almost paste-y. Too much salt. Oh, and for the size, too expensive. I could eat 10 of these tiny buggers and 3 bucks a pop adds up quick.
Los Tacos- On Santa Monica one block west of Fairfax (south side of the street) Pretty good. Got a carnitas burrito. Carnitas, beans, onions, cilantro, they do it mojado here so if you want to eat w your hands request without it. Carnitas were good and porky and not old tasting unlike 90 percent of Mexican I get. Mojado sauce was great, good spice, salsas were usual suspects, solid little joint. Open 24 hours. Ignore token crackhead tweakers out front. (One of em came in while I was eating just to get a straw...) Oh, and the burrito is big. 6 bucks or so.
El Parian- Very disappointing. For those who haven't been, it's a little hard to find storefront near the Convention Center. I'd read up a bunch of glowing reviews claiming best asada in L.A. I know nothing of Jalisco or Jalisco style Mexican food. I can't make any claims of knowledge to authenticity. The place was jam packed with Mexican families. Homemade tortillas, asada cooked to order. First of all, the whole trip was a nightmare. Upon placing my order in polite Spanish I sat down and for the first time in my experience of eating Mexican in L.A. truly felt my whiteness stand out. I've done the late night taco truck thing in East L.A., gone to some dodgy areas here and there, and never found myself feeling....unwelcome. I ordered two asada tacos. I found myself sitting and watching a few older Mexican gentlemen sit down, place their orders, and another family sit and place their order. Well, sure enough their much larger orders came first. I waited probably a half hour, kid you not, for two asada tacos. Anything in the name of good eats right? Well, upon hastily unwrapping my meat-perfumed prize and digging in, I was badly disappointed. The meat was cut large, and very, very chewy. Flavorful, underseasoned, nice salsa, great tortilla, juicy, greasy, but so damn chewy I either had to swallow whole pieces of meat or spit it out, not a pretty sight. I wanted to like this place a lot. Perhaps the carnitas are sublime. Perhaps I need to bring some of mis carnales with me next time I go, if there is a next time.
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