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best raw carne asada?

logan Jun 21, 2007 04:36 PM

so... i wanna grill up some pre-marinated stuff... which carnerceria should i go to? preferably eastside...

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  1. Chowpatty RE: logan Jun 21, 2007 04:56 PM

    Don't know which part of the Eastside you're in, but if you're near the faux-Eastside (Silver Lake), I like the Busy B market on Virgil near Santa Monica.

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      aurora50 RE: Chowpatty Jun 21, 2007 05:03 PM

      Chowpatty, not to hijack the thread, but do you know of anyplace good around the Ontario/Upland area? Do you recommend Stater Brothers at all?

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        Chowpatty RE: aurora50 Jun 21, 2007 05:15 PM

        Sorry, no clue about that area, but Mexican markets are usually better for carne asada.

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          Dommy RE: aurora50 Jul 7, 2007 05:37 PM

          A big no on Stater Bros. The only 'big chain' I recommend is Food for Less... my parents get theirs there when in a pinch (They live in DB)


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            JeetJet RE: aurora50 Jul 8, 2007 09:52 AM

            IMO the meat at Stater Brothers is the best, and always has been, among the larger chain stores. Also, a nice selection of cuts that other stores do not have.

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              Dommy RE: JeetJet Jul 8, 2007 12:44 PM

              Meat yes... but for pre marinated Carne Asada... nope...


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            calabasas_trafalgar RE: Chowpatty Jun 22, 2007 10:52 AM

            How about near Monrovia/Arcadia?

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              ozzygee RE: calabasas_trafalgar Jun 22, 2007 11:03 AM

              Go to the below-mentioned Linda Rosa in Pasadena. At Villa & Allen.

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                rantsnravesnreviews RE: calabasas_trafalgar Jun 23, 2007 11:01 AM

                Kings Ranch in Monrovia

            2. martyR RE: logan Jun 21, 2007 05:35 PM

              In Pasadena try Linda Rosa Market. It's on the corner of Allen and Villa behind a liquor store. Great carne asada and really great marinated boneless chicken.

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                logan RE: martyR Jul 16, 2007 01:11 AM

                ended up trying this place, the linda rosa market. asada was great, as was the chicken. 9/10, highly recommended.

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                mojoeater RE: logan Jun 21, 2007 05:52 PM

                I actually like the pre-marinated carne asada from Trader Joe's.

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                  cookee RE: mojoeater Jun 21, 2007 05:57 PM

                  So do I! It's actually really good, but I think a bit more expensive than you'll find at a small Mexican market.

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                    mojoeater RE: cookee Jun 21, 2007 05:59 PM

                    I wish I was near a Mexican market, or at least a Trader Joe's! Can't wait to get back to LA.

                2. monku RE: logan Jun 21, 2007 06:05 PM

                  Little further east in San Gabriel/Rosemead area is Los Toros Meats on the corner of San Gabriel & Valley Blvd. Excellent marinated carne asada and chicken for your BBQ or grilled in a pan.

                  1. rantsnravesnreviews RE: logan Jun 21, 2007 07:28 PM

                    I like the Kings Ranch asada in Monrovia on foothill.

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                      Kaisgraham RE: logan Jun 21, 2007 07:35 PM

                      I was so surprised to see this as I have pre-marinated carne asada on the grill right now that I got from Bristol Farms. It will match any carnerceria any day. It is pricey and worth it; we have it twice a month.

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                        kathryn7673 RE: Kaisgraham Jul 8, 2007 06:48 PM

                        I have the carne asada from BF as well... how long do you grill it for and under what kind of heat? I do hope you get this before dinner tonight... I think I might just post something as well.

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                          JeetJet RE: kathryn7673 Jul 8, 2007 07:00 PM

                          Very hot on the grill and char it on both sides. The result should be chared on the outside and moist inside --but no red. Also, see my postg below.

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                        JeetJet RE: logan Jun 21, 2007 08:02 PM

                        You said the best right?

                        My post from May.

                        1. cant talk...eating RE: logan Jun 21, 2007 10:42 PM

                          Not sure if this is east enough for ya, but we had some great pork adobado that we grilled from what I think might be called "California Market" on Beverly (north side) between Vermont and Normandie. It's a pretty big Hispanic supermarket with a good selection of marinated meats, and I'm sure the carne asada is just as good. Great homemade chips there too (a bit oily but very fresh).

                          Does someone know the real name/address of this place?

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                            Burger Boy RE: cant talk...eating Jun 22, 2007 07:42 AM

                            The asada is good, i get it there!

                          2. blackbookali RE: logan Jun 21, 2007 11:30 PM

                            Bristol Farms. Seriously. It's the beef quality.

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                              vinosnob RE: blackbookali Jul 9, 2007 01:57 PM

                              What cut of beef does BF use?

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                                blackbookali RE: vinosnob Aug 31, 2009 11:37 AM

                                flap meat, nice and thick. I actually dont get my asada there anymore because its too pricey and i dont live near a bristol farms anymore but, its worth a try.

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                              bigdoghh RE: logan Jun 22, 2007 06:53 AM

                              Vegas Meats in Hacienda Heights/Industry. On Gale and Hacienda

                              1. slowrider RE: logan Jun 22, 2007 07:29 AM

                                La Tapatia on Eastern in El Sereno (near Huntington Dr.)

                                Alhambra Market in Alhambra on Main St.

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                                  barcelona RE: slowrider Jun 22, 2007 10:58 AM

                                  Have you tried Value Plus!!! I think it's on Vanowen and Winnetka


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                                    Ernie RE: slowrider Jun 22, 2007 07:50 PM

                                    Alhambra Market has great asada, very reliable

                                  2. Jeet Yet RE: logan Jun 23, 2007 11:17 AM

                                    I was turned on to this place in the Lower Westside.

                                    Sánchez Carnicería. 4525 Inglewood Blvd., Culver City. 310-391-3640

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                                      Foodandwine RE: Jeet Yet Jul 8, 2007 10:49 AM

                                      Sanchez rocks.. they do this whole individual prep for your order in a aluminum tin.. Unique to me. they just spice it up just for you..Great place just love it..

                                    2. Eat_Nopal RE: logan Jul 5, 2007 02:38 PM

                                      On the east side.... go to Lincoln Heights (intersection of 5, 10 & 110).... on Broadway Ave (same one that goes through Chinatown & Downtown) you will not go wrong at either Bi Rite, Rancho Meat Market or La Chapalita.

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                                        revets2 RE: logan Jul 8, 2007 01:44 AM

                                        we've tried many of these eastside suggestions and think that the ARGENTINA MARKET in pasadena on villa has the best. 1272 East Villa St.

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                                          chowhound chloe RE: logan Jul 8, 2007 07:09 AM

                                          My husband and I like the marinated chicken from Albertson's either the Pasadena or Monrovia store. It's $1.99 per pound and doesn't have the fat on it like the one from Linda Rosa. You should call ahead. Sometimes they run out.

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                                            chefthisguy RE: logan Jul 9, 2007 02:22 PM

                                            On Huntington Dr., just south of South Pasadena in the small city of El Sereno is the El Sereno Meat Market....the best marinated carne asada and chicken....always the best for a BBQ.

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                                              Eat_Nopal RE: chefthisguy Jul 9, 2007 05:10 PM

                                              That is good stuff... not sure that it is much better than Bi Rite or El Rancho.

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                                              Pesky_Humans RE: logan Jul 9, 2007 05:36 PM

                                              There is a great carniceria in Lincoln Heights that I go to for ranchera preparada. They take the carne asada, run it through a mechanical tenderizer, cut fresh oranges, onions, cilantro, and pickled peppers, and wrap up. I have been there many many times, but I don't recall what it is called. It is really easy to find though. It is on Broadway, 2 blocks north of Daly on the east side of the street, set off the street behind a very small 20 car lot. Enjoy!

                                              1. Moose RE: logan Aug 31, 2009 03:32 PM

                                                You'll fare far better if you get the USDA Choice skirt steak/flap meat from Costco. I haven't found any premarinated carne asada on the east or westside that even comes close in terms of meat quality. Marinade is simple: Seasoned Salt, orange juice, onion slivers and cilantro. Best when marinated overnight.

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