ISO Spanish Food in LA
maybe it's me, but i haven't been able to locate a single Spanish restaurant in LA.
can anyone point me in the right direction - valley preferred?
Spain Restaurant (not too creative with their name) is actually on Glendale Blvd. in Echo Park. Right next to the 2 freeway. It really looks like a dump on the outside -- and their internet site didn't make things look any more attractive. I am curious if anyone had eaten there -- and if any good.
Many Chowhounds have eaten there, with mixed views. Try searching back as far as the Board can be searched; they've been at that location a decade or more! It is inexpensive and unpretentious; there are those who'd describe it as a "hole in the wall". I like it for what it is, an acceptable neighborhood place.
The closest candidate to you is probably Las Palmas in North Hollywood. Most of the other Spanish restaurants should show up on the CH LA Spanish map: http://www.chow.com/places/regions/2?...
Rincon Espanol in San Pedro gets pretty good reviews here, but it may not be close enough for you :-).
79 Berth, San Pedro, CA 90731
5752 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601
Hardly the valley, but for small plates there is Tasca on 3rd. I much prefer them to C&M. The Courtyard in WeHo is okay too.
Whatever they're serving at Ole in Studio City does not resemble Spanish food at all.
If you want halfway decent Spanish tapas & passable (but mediocre) paella, go to La Paella on San Vicente, near the Beverly Center.
Spain Restaurant on Glendale is not authentically Spanish food; think of it more as Spanish food interpreted by South Americans.
Cobras y Matadors has disappointed me each time I've gone.
But, if you want the closest thing to a real Spanish paella in LA, you'll have to get the paella mixta (available Saturdays only, take-out only; comes in a styrofoam box) made by the good people at La Espanola, which is a Spanish grocer in Harbor City. Order however many 'raciones' you'll need by phone on Fridays for pickup the next day.
You'd think in a metropolis like LA, we'd have better pickings when it comes to Spanish food, but no dice (yet)...
Second La Espanola. Little market in an Industrial Building near the 110 Fwy in Harbor City. Great Cheeses and Meats. In Fact, they seem to supply several Spanish Restaurants in the City.. Small tables on the side of the building where you can eat. Two of us once ate there and had a bottle of "vino tinto" as well, an if you chose to eat your Paella there, they normally will comp you a small plate of Tapas.. The attached Link has its website...
La Espanola Meats
25020 Doble Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90710