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Augusta Jun 11, 2007 11:52 AM

Besides La Golondrina, what are some other restaurants in Olvera Street that are worth trying? We're taking a coworker out for dinner next week for her last day, so a sit-down place would be ideal. Thanks.

  1. Al Bondigas Sep 13, 2007 08:30 PM

    I have been going to La Luz Del Dia since I was a wee lad. I agree the carnitas tacos are the best. They make their own corn tortillas. You can see several women patting tortillas in the open kitchen. Just make sure they hand shred your carnitas. They recently started using a commercial shredder which I think pulverizes the meat way too much.
    You will also want to try their chicharron stew. It's not spicy like so many other places. Also belive it or not thay have FANTASTIC menudo on weekends. The best I have had in a long, long time.

    Don't forget the best taquitos in the world at Cielito Lindo. Great green sauce which is like guacamole only better. I actually drink the stuff. I have attached a blog re Olvera Street.

    http://lafoodcrazy.blogspot.com/2006/...

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      Augusta Jun 12, 2007 09:55 AM

      What about Las Anitas in Olvera St? Any opinions on this place?

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        Will Owen Jun 12, 2007 10:48 AM

        Is that the place directly across from La Golondrina? If so, I had a very pleasant lunch there one day. There's a large covered outdoor dining area that gives comfortable seating out of the sun (or, on the day I was there, out of the rain). The food was good, not stunning, but then La Golondrina has never blown my skirt up either, and I find their room cramped and their prices a bit high for what you get.

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          Augusta Jun 12, 2007 11:18 AM

          I'm actually not sure where this place is located. My coworker just handed me the menu for Las Anitas and it looked pretty good and the prices are reasonable. The menu says it's located in the "historic Italian Hall" if you know where that's located.

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            mlgb Jun 12, 2007 12:54 PM

            I think that's El Paseo, which is across from Golondrina, and is NOT recommended for the food. Verry very average. I think Las Anitas is at the far end of Olvera Street. Sorry I don't have a report on it. For a quick lunch it's always been Luz del Dia and for after work, Golondrina.

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              aurora50 Jun 12, 2007 01:20 PM

              I'm just jumping in here, just curious -
              - Is Golondrina the one that's at the end of Olvera, on the left-hand side, if you're coming from the Plaza?

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                mlgb Jun 12, 2007 01:57 PM

                No, that I think is Las Anitas. Golondrina is on the left hand side but about two thirds of the way down. It has a big patio in the front.

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                  aurora50 Jun 12, 2007 04:34 PM

                  Oh wait, I think that IS the one I was thinking of. Las Anitas does not have a patio? And Golondrina has a (fake?) fireplace inside?
                  By the way, La Luz Del Dia - that's the one right at the beginning, on the left-hand side, also, in the old Bank building - right? If it's the one I'm thinking of, my mouth is watering just thinking of all those hunks of meat and those guys wielding their big knives, chopping away!!! : p

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                    mlgb Jun 13, 2007 10:36 AM

                    I'm really not sure what Las Anitas has because I never get that far. I think you are right about Golondrina and Luz del Dia is the one at the beginning on the left hand side, kind of casual.

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                      aurora50 Jun 13, 2007 10:43 AM

                      Yep. Great carnitas. : )

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              yappersnapper Sep 13, 2007 08:57 AM

              Las Anitas is the place directly across from Cielito Lindo. It is run by the same family that makes the taquitos and green sauce!

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            justagthing Jun 11, 2007 10:09 PM

            Appetizers at the taquitos stand on the corner.

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              JeetJet Jun 12, 2007 08:01 PM

              That place is Cielito Lindo and they make great taquitos and even better guacamole (actually a avocado / chili sauce with a little heat and is addictive). My Olvera Street adventures always begin at Cielito Lindo and end at Mr. Churro for dessert. See the Merchant Directory below for specific locations. In fact, I really do not see any reason to stop at any other places.

              Cielito Lindo
              http://cielitolindo.org/

              Olvera Street Merchant Directory
              http://www.olvera-street.com/html/dir...

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                justagthing Jun 12, 2007 09:31 PM

                I agree. If we can't find parking right away, we do a drive by/around. Drop off one or two people, place order, pick up and then hop back into car. Driver just did a loop around the block. Woohoo!

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                  JeetJet Jun 13, 2007 09:57 AM

                  OMG! We have been doing that drive-by/drop-off for taquitos from Cielito Lindo for two generations. Sometimes, depending on the size of the line of customers,it may take several trips around the block beofre your accomplice is waiting at the curb with the goods. Another BIG obstacle is the two L.A.P.D officers who sometimes seem to hang-out in front waiting for people like us to do the illegal drop-off / pick-up. It is also embarrassing for the person who ends up standing at the curb with those bags of taquitos waiting for their driver to pull-up to the curb to make the quick get-a-way. Its like playing a chowhound board game -- "Parking lot full but the traffic light just turn red so maybe you have time to make a fast drop-off before the light turns green again. But wait -- the Cops are there!" Yikes!

                  Is Cielito Lindo worth the risk of Fine and Imprisonment? Yes, We are ALL HUNGRY.

            2. JAB Jun 11, 2007 09:32 PM

              I like La Luz as much as the next guy but, as a sit down place to take a co-worker for her last day? I think not. Perhaps, Traxx, China Town or Little Tokyo.

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                Augusta Jun 12, 2007 08:22 AM

                We thought of Traxx but the consensus from others at work was Olvera Street. We've already taken someone else out to La Golondrina so that's why I was looking for an alternative. So you think La Luz is a bit too casual?

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                  mc michael Jun 12, 2007 09:27 AM

                  Depending on the size of your party it might not have the seating you want.

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                    mlgb Jun 12, 2007 09:43 AM

                    Just go back to La Golondrina.

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                      TBird Sep 13, 2007 09:07 AM

                      i agree, just go back to la golondrina. it's by far the best. and you get to look at esau's paintings!

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                  ickster Jun 11, 2007 06:33 PM

                  I like the picadillo and the nopal salad also at La Luz.

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                    mc michael Jun 11, 2007 11:58 AM

                    Carnitas at La Luz del Dia.

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