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?)
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.
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.
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.