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rodeo grill vs. la parilla in echo park

I read somewhere that rodeo grill has very nice juices, so I'm thinkingg that the place has some resonance w/ tonny's in pasadena...is that semi-accurate?
i'm thinking about eating lunch there.
the other contender is la parilla, which seems to have some advocates on these boards.
where would you go? anything especially worth ordering?
(and where is la parilla?)
thx

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  1. I've never had the juices at Rodeo, but they have good, quick, cheap meals and the carne asada is really good. You order in line and then wait for your food. Very cheap, usually crowded. Good for lunch.

    La Parrilla is a sit-down restaurant w/ great food but sometimes really slow service. The prices are a little higher, but their food is better, too. The carne asade is the best, and they also have a great, fresh guacamole and tortillas that you can watch them make. They are also known for their mocaljetes (sp?) which I haven't tried but look delicious. Other than the slow service, the other down side is that they have roving musicians that make it very loud sometimes. Still, one of my favorite Mexican restaurants.

    1. Does La Parilla have beer/wine or full bar?

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        1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

          Really? I really like La Parilla but I thought they were just beer and wine. They made their margaritas with agave wine instead of tequila. I haven't been in several months so things could have changed. The braseros or molcajetes are the things to get.

          1. re: oro3030

            You may be right, and I may have mis-recalled; while I recall having a margarita there, I may be confusing that drink with the definitely-full-on-tequila margaritas I had at El Conquistador.

        2. re: Ciao Bob

          The La Parilla in Silver Lake only has a beer/wine license. They do make wine margaritas.

        3. I really like the Frajitas at Rodeo Grill.

          1. Actually, La Parrilla is in Silverlake among other locations:
            3129 Sunset Boulevard
            Los Angeles
            323-661-8055
            http://www.laparrillarestaurants.com/...

            1. As to La Parilla, please know that some but not all of them (there's more than one) serve hard liquor ie real margaritas. There's one on Wilshire near downtown that does. As far as I know, the one in Silverlake does not.

              Also, someone mentioned trying a molcajete. As far as I know that is not a dish; it is the lava like utensil that is used to make guacamole or salsa.

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              1. re: Bruin2

                A molcajete is the pumice stone "mortar" for grinding spices but at La Parilla and a few other restaurants (e.g., Los Compadres in Long Beach) they fill a large molcajete with a mixed grill of different meats and veggies (nopales, grilled cheese, shrimp, asada, etc.), often with a sauce on them. Thus , the molcajete refers to the serving apparatus and the dish is called a "molcajete" on the menu.

                1. re: oro3030

                  i always order this. its enough food for three people!