Where is the best mexican meat market for carne asada?
I live on the border of LA and Orange counties, so anything within 25 miles of the 605 freeway would be appreciated. I plan on freezing and vacuum packing this stuff to take on a trip where we'll be cooking over an open fire. I wanted something easy to do, but tastes great.
If you're in the South Bay, I recommend Los Paisas [21168 s western ave.] in Torrance. It's a small market with an adjoining good little restaurant. The marinated carne asada (skirt steak) and cornish game hens rock!
Everytime I go there, there's a dude grilling cornish game hens over charcoal in the parking lot and it smells fantastic.
In Orange County, I recommend El Toro (1st & Bristol) in Santa Ana (El Toro also has pretty tasty carnitas for about $6/pound and every pound comes with their house verde carnitas salsa) or El Metate in Santa Ana (on 1st near Grand ave.) or Orange (on Chapman Ave. near the 55 fwy).
If you get your meat at El Metate, make sure you grab some of their super fresh corn tortillas. These are arguably one of the best local market tortillas in all of SoCal. They must use a higher concentration of corn in their masa because those things pack quite a bit of corn flavor. You'll know you're in the right place as you'll be able to smell the pungent corn aroma as soon as you pull into the parking lot (even with your windows up).
Good luck with your fiesta!
Don't know about the "BEST", but similar thread a couple weeks ago.
My favorite is: (they might even vacuum pack it for you) Fantastic chicken too !!!!
Los Toros Meat Market
8210 Garvey Ave
(corner of Gavey and San Gabriel Blvd
)Rosemead, CA 91770