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El Tepeyac Cafe

David Kahn Sep 11, 2006 05:39 AM

Dommy! and Russkar are right. The chicken Hollenbeck burrito and the chicken taquitos at El Tepeyac Cafe (812 N Evergreen Ave, (323) 267-8668)are excellent. Tried them this evening, and both dishes are great. Taquitos are huge, fresh, filled with white meat chicken, not at all greasy, and served with a generous pile of guacamole. The combo plate (two taquitos, guacamole, rice, beans and salad) was about eight bucks. The chicken Hollenbeck is also gigantic, filled with stewed white meat chicken and peppers, rice, beans, and a bit of guacamole. Moist and delicious, at six dollars and change. Plus, the vibe here is somehow very homey. Sat at the counter (which we love) and had a friendly and satisfying meal.

So, is it possible to eat lunch here during the week at anything close to lunch time, or is it too jammed? (Russkar tells me they resort to eating taquitos at 9 or 10 in the morning in order to beat the lines!)

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  1. ipsedixit RE: David Kahn Sep 11, 2006 02:32 PM

    You can cut down on the wait time by calling in your order ahead of time.

    OR, if you are LAPD you always get preferred treatment, which in my mind, is not a bad thing ... all things considered.

    Never could finish a Hollenbeck in one sitting.

    1. Dommy RE: David Kahn Sep 11, 2006 04:51 PM

      HURRAH!!! SO glad you guys like it... You guys also rule... since Russ made his original post, I've been trying to find a way to sneak over there (But something ALWAYS comes up! :P) This weekend, I vow! :)

      We used to go there for lunch often, we'd get there early ~11ish and didn't bother with the inside, we were a bunch of young know it all consultants, we sat with the homeys on the benches outside...

      Also they pack things up REALLY nice to go... You don't know how many times I got yelled at for brining a Hollenbeck back to work to "share"... ;)


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        monku RE: Dommy Sep 11, 2006 11:26 PM

        We always eat outside. Quick and easy--usually no waiting like dining inside. Tip the order taker an extra buck and they'll really pile on the food. 1/2 block away across the street is Ciro's Cafe another east LA Mexican classic place. According to the people at Ciro's...El Tepeyac is LA Mexican cuisine.

      2. JAB RE: David Kahn Sep 12, 2006 12:22 AM

        I like the steak picado and the milanesa at Ciro's.

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          monku RE: JAB Sep 12, 2006 12:30 AM

          Milanesa is what I always get at Ciro's.
          At El Tepeyac its always Manuel's Burrito (naturally splitting it with my wife).

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            David Kahn RE: JAB Sep 12, 2006 01:07 AM

            I like their chunky avocado salsa, and their flautas.

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            godvls RE: David Kahn Sep 12, 2006 12:50 AM

            Try the enchiladas rancheras at El Tepeyac.....absolutely declicious. I much prefer them to the burritos.

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              smogqueen RE: David Kahn Sep 12, 2006 12:59 AM

              ok...I'm in. What neighborhood is this?


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                David Kahn RE: smogqueen Sep 12, 2006 01:06 AM

                East LA.

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                kevin RE: David Kahn Sep 12, 2006 02:11 AM

                ti mgiht just be in the boyle heights area, a few blocks east of la serantat de garibaldi, and a block or two away from Lapd's famed Hollenbeck divisioin, hence the Hollenbeck double-cardiac arrest burritto.

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                  HBfoodie RE: David Kahn Sep 12, 2006 04:44 AM

                  I will be in the south Monterey Park area soon and would like to know if the El Tepeyac on Potrero Blvd (across from Resurrection Cemetary) is as good (or even close to being as good) as the Evergreen location. I seem to remember that it is owned by the same family.

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                    monku RE: HBfoodie Sep 12, 2006 11:11 PM

                    Can't go wrong...it's basically the same-I can't tell the difference. More comfortable than the original location.

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                    LesThePress RE: David Kahn Sep 12, 2006 03:05 PM

                    I went once to the Potrero location. The palce is run by Manuel's son. The food seemed comparable, only you just can't beat the nostalgia and atompshere of the original.

                    It's not that much further from Monterey Park. Take the 10 West and get off at City Terrace, go west to Evergreen, turn left.

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                      tarabell RE: David Kahn Sep 13, 2006 07:47 PM

                      I just had the chicken taquitos last week and was disappointed. I usually always order the beef but this time tried the chicken thinking I might be missing something, due to the previous reviews.

                      Yes it's white meat but dry and crumbly, almost like canned chicken that's been ground up. It's very generic-tasting. The beef on the other hand is juicy and tasty and in nice fat shreds. The quality just seems far better.

                      No argument about the rest of the dish. The taquitos are so good I order them 9 times out of 10. Sometimes the guac seems a teeny bit watery or that the cook forgot a pinch of salt, but the portion is unlike anything you'd get anywhere else.

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                        Itslikeimsayin RE: David Kahn Jul 6, 2007 10:23 AM

                        I'd been wanting to visit here for close to a year since these threads started popping up, and finally made it there yesterday. (I'd gone a few months ago but on a Tuesday, only to discover they're closed Tuesdays.)

                        I got the chicken taquito combo and loved the taquitos and guacamole. The beans and rice were really blah and uninspired for a place like this. I'll definitely return, though, and might be tempted to try the beef taquitos due to tarabell's description.

                        Here are some photos I took (mainly of the building and interior; one of the food): http://www.flickr.com/photos/24952137...

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                          russkar RE: Itslikeimsayin Jul 7, 2007 07:15 AM

                          As much as we love Tepeyac's Chix Taquito's the Chix Taquitos at EL TACO on Firestone in Downey are even better and half the price.

                        2. justanotherpenguin RE: David Kahn Jul 6, 2007 08:07 PM

                          great old thread! i've been going here since the mid-60!!! (boy, that must date me...) anyway, the hollenbeck burrito is fantastic, always ask them to put extra cheese and sauce on it - just like a manuels's special. the special is basically a hollenbeck times 4 or 5. huge. always share. the other item that we always order is machaca. the best i've ever had. make it a point to get by at least once a month.

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                            Kaisgraham RE: David Kahn Jul 6, 2007 08:58 PM

                            My husband and I were introduced to El Tepeyac 40 years ago and we have continued to go there at least 4 times a year usually centered around USC football games even though we live in OC. They used to stay open until 2:00am and we have been there many moons ago at midnight and had to stand in line. No kidding. We continue to order the Hollenbeck burrito and the beef taquitos. I have to tell you, though, that I still love the taquitos at Olvera St. at one of the little stands. Very different but equally delicious. My parents got engaged at Olvera St. in the early 1940's.

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                              Neta RE: Kaisgraham Jul 6, 2007 10:24 PM

                              Just a heads up, the Monterey Park location is gone, replaced by a Mexican restaurant called Marquez. I wouldn't recommend it.

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                              iknowfood64 RE: David Kahn Aug 9, 2007 08:39 PM

                              I live down the steet from Manuel's and have been eating there my entire life. I agree with what everyone has been posting about their food, I think it is delicious. I highly recommend their huevos rancheros because they are delicous.

                              1. wyatt3290 RE: David Kahn Dec 16, 2007 01:06 PM

                                the enchiladas rancheras are VERY good, I also like the carne asada burrito, the hollenbeck. the huevos rancheros. actually everything i've ordered there has been great.
                                damn now i'm hungry.

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