Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Pico-Union/Alvarado

El Parian
1528 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, (213) 386-7361
Goat stew and little else on the menu in Pico Union. What a tremendous meal, fresh tortillas and gutsy, bone-in, soulful birria. Not to be missed.

El Taurino
1104 S. Hoover St., L.A. 213-738-9197
Jonathon Gold's favourite pastor and who am I to argue. One of L.A.'s most beloved taquerias, at the far end of the quality bell curve.

Papa Cristo's
(323) 737-2970- 2771 W. Pico Blvd
Greek contender attached to grocery store. Excellent rack of lamb for very little dinero.

Paseo Chapin
2220 W 7th Street - Los Angeles, CA. 213-385-7420
Guatemalan classic in Pico Union. Good round-with-skin-on chorizo and marimba bands.

King Taco
2020 W. Pico Blvd. (310) 884-9984
Taco chain near the pinnacle of L.A.'s Darwinian proliferation of the species. Al pastor tacos and sopes that are out of this world. Highly recommended. Pico Union branch is closest to Westside

Pollo Campero
1625 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste.1020: 213-201-2990
Legendary Guatemalan fast food chicken in Pico Union. No line around the block anymore but the crispy skin and spices will make you forget Colonel S. forever.

Langer's Deli
704 S. Alvarado St @ 7th, Pico-Union. 213/483-8050
Touted as the best pastrami sandwich in the known universe by many; Langer's does not disappoint. The meat is thickly sliced and has a perfect balance between crusty edges and juicy, beefy inside. Light rye is a mirror image, just crusty enough but somehow not soggy on the inside. Go for an egg cream to complete the time-capsule feel of a legendary restaurant holding its ground in a strange land.

Mama's Hot Tamale Cafe
2124 W. Seventh St. Los Angeles (213) 487-7474
A tamale tasting menu, possibly the most enticing pan-Latin meal a food-lover can imagine. Don't miss the nacatamal-like Honduran tamal! This place is for a good cause, but the main reason to go is to eat some of the best tamales you'll find anywhere.

Guatemalteca Bakery
4032 Beverly Blvd, East Hollywood [kind of] 213-382-9451, 6am-9pm
Fight your way through the crowd for hearty Guatemalan stews with rice and beans and confusingly named antojitos/appetizers. Quesadilla is a very rich cake bread to be savoured in small quantities. This one's truly for the people, they will fill your own container with carne guisada!

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

how about langer's deli?

11:15 PM  
Blogger Simon said...

Very prescient, I had just been to Langer's yet had not expressed my thoughts. I can't wait to go back!

12:33 AM  
Blogger Glenn said...

you should try Rodeo Grill on Olympic and Bonnie Brae. Excellent food.

3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chichen Itza Restaurant, the Yucatan style mexican restaurant over by USC just opened a new location right by MacArthur Park. Went there for dinner last night. The food was amazing!!! You should try the Cochinita Pibil, the calamar en tinta (calamari cooked in it's own ink), the ceviche was fresh and perfectly prepared. Highly recomended!!!! Oh, its on 6th between Alvarado and Rampart.

7:46 PM  

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