El Caserio in Silver Lake
What's the deal with El Caserio, that little Ecuadorian/Italian joint at the intersection of Beverly/Virgil/Temple (just south of the 101)?
I've passed it a million times, but have never been.
(On that note, has anyone ever been to The Mexican Village across the street? Their parking lot is always packed.)
I've been to El Caserio a few times, and had a nice experience each time. I've never had Ecuadorian food elsewhere, so I can't compare, but I've really enjoyed what I've tried. The shrimp dishes in particular are highly recommended. Inside, it's casual but quite pleasant; don't be fooled by the outside appearance. Very reasonably priced.
I just ate there last week and really enjoyed it. Had a roast pork with a side dish of this potato pancake thingy stuffed with cheese and with an egg on top. Sounds weird but it was really good. The pork was also delicious. They also have the hottest salsa I've ever had that also tastes good.
there is a great shrimp dish there made with a sauce thickened with plantains. really terrific, also the juices esp. the strange sounding one made from some Amazonian fruit no one's ever heard of unless from South American.
We've gone there many times and always order the same thing: Lomo Saltado with beef. It is AMAZING. I think other things on the menu are delicious as well but every time I end up ordering the same thing. Definitely worth the horrible parking.