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Where do you go for Menudo on Sunday in LA?

kare_raisu Jan 7, 2008 07:29 AM

I am interested to hear LA chowhounds favorite 'menuderias.' Where do you go in greater la for your fix and what sets in apart from others? White, red or even green broth? Has anyone found a white broth version served with mint?

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    aliris RE: kare_raisu Jan 7, 2008 07:31 AM

    And BTW, why is menudo a Sunday thing please? (I'm told because it's good for that Saturday night hangover -- any truth to that?)

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      kare_raisu RE: aliris Jan 7, 2008 08:51 AM

      most popular day for it regardless of hangover

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        Will Owen RE: kare_raisu Jan 7, 2008 09:01 AM

        "Menudo todos los dias" has for me become as welcome a menu phrase as "Breakfast served anytime." I think, though, that for most places it involves too much variation from the normal kitchen routine for it to be a daily menu item - it's not something you can slap together in an hour or two and then just heat up to serve.

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          Neta RE: Will Owen Jan 7, 2008 05:31 PM

          There are two good restaurants that have menudo 7 days a week. One is Ordonez on Garfield in Montebello just south of the 60 freeway. The second is La Salsa Grill (not a chain) in a strip mall next to King Taco on Rosemead just north of Washington in Pico Rivera. La Salsa also serves pozole 7 days a week. I highly recommend either restaurant for that menudo fix.

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      Diana RE: kare_raisu Jan 7, 2008 07:40 AM

      Vallarta. Take your own pot, they'll fill it.

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        rednyellow RE: Diana Jan 7, 2008 07:14 PM

        Where is Vallarta? When I was very young, every sunday, my mom and I would go out and get our big soup pot filled with menudo and she'd drive home with me holding it between my feet.

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          Diana RE: rednyellow Jan 8, 2008 06:38 AM

          There are Vallarta markets all over. Find one close to you here:


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            rednyellow RE: Diana Jan 8, 2008 09:50 AM

            Thanks. I was trying to think of a restaurant named Vallarta. I do know of the markets.

      2. WildSwede RE: kare_raisu Jan 7, 2008 09:14 AM

        I am not a Menudo person, but I will give you the following 2 recs based on the number of people ordering and eating it:

        Tonny's in Pasadena (I LOVE their Posole)
        El Matador on Irwindale (I LOVE their Chilaquiles)

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          mungus RE: kare_raisu Jan 7, 2008 07:51 PM

          I like Talpa on Pico in West LA for menudo. It's red and todos los dias. It's my go-to soup when I'm congested. Love, love, love it.

          Incidentally, Talpa also has my favorite refried beans (which normally I'm not that into because it's usually bland paste). Doubtless unhealthy, but so creamy and soft and flavorful. Not surprisingly, the bean and cheese burrito there is also a favorite.

          1. Eat_Nopal RE: kare_raisu Jan 8, 2008 09:13 AM

            Aliris.... Saturday is a traditional blue collar work day in Mexico... so Sunday is both a celebration day with leisurely meals... and Saturday is a popular blue collar drinking night (since you don't have to work the next day)... in fact Chava Flores puts it succintly in his song "Sabado D.F."... something to the effect of : The Construction Workers get their paycheck at 2PM... by 3 begins the first drunken brawls!

            KR... there is a meat market / convenience store / taqueria in my old neighborhood called Carniceria Jalisco on Main Street between Lincoln Park and Griffin Avenue. The proprietor was a trained butcher in Guadalajara... and growing up he was my parents go to guy... always able to source quality protein in the traditional Mexican cuts... he was always at a premium to the local Mexican super markets (by about 25 to 50% but he had the goods). Anyway he does a very good job with Menudo... its a light but pungent red broth... and they make hand made plain sopes and carry a great queso fresco... and most of their Menudo business is takeout. You basically bring your own pot... they fill it up & charge by the Liter; sell you Sopes & Fresco by weight... most people will pick up a case of Modelo Especial... he imports bottles of Mexican Freixenet... otherwise an inexpensive Prosecco from the local San Antonio Winery... and you are good to go... that was our Menudo tradition (we would do it on celebratory weekends & holidays)...its such a killer combination. As a matter of fact... whenever we got relatives visiting we would tend to take them up to the Angeles Forest... we would bring the Menudo, acoutrements & Sparkling wine for brunch.... then marinated Skirt Steak, Frijoles de la Olla, Nopales Salad, Masa, Salsas, Beer & Tropical Fruits... we would start a mesquite fire... bust out a portable CD boombox, a soccer ball... then exchange some food with the Armenian & Mexican families that would predictably be in the adjacent picnic areas... and invite them to play soccer.... Kabobs for Carne Asada, Nopales for Cucumber Salads & Mangos for Baklava!

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              aliris RE: Eat_Nopal Jan 8, 2008 09:19 AM

              Yum, yum! Thanks for the vignettes!

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                Neta RE: Eat_Nopal Jan 8, 2008 09:37 AM

                Is this one in the same as Jalisco Tortilleria owned by the Mota family?

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                  Eat_Nopal RE: Neta Jan 8, 2008 10:17 AM

                  No, these people are the Rojas family.

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                fishyak RE: kare_raisu Jan 8, 2008 10:26 AM

                Hollywood Ranch Market has a stand with very good menudo.

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                  ickster RE: kare_raisu Jan 9, 2008 01:25 PM

                  I like the Menudo at La Llamarada in Lincoln Heights and Casa Luz in Huntington Park.

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                    Eat_Nopal RE: ickster Jan 9, 2008 01:37 PM

                    La Llamarada... I haven't thought about that place in well... but it used to have killer soups including a Pozole & Albondigas... across the street from that place there is a Chilango owned place that makes decent tacos & tortas... but with enough request and deposit they will prepare some proper Mexico City dishes.

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                      Skunk2Racer RE: Eat_Nopal Jan 9, 2008 02:59 PM

                      was this a weekend thing? I've Always only had the caldo de res or caldo de pollo. but then again i only go during the week when I'm at work in downtown

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                        ickster RE: Skunk2Racer Jan 22, 2008 11:51 AM

                        The Menudo is only available on Saturdays at La Llamarada. With or without pata. They are closed on Sundays.

                  2. Hughlipton RE: kare_raisu Jan 22, 2008 04:18 PM

                    The last white broth version I had was in Guadalajara Mexico. I've never seen it up here. The style in Los Angeles seems to be Michoacan. The place in Guadalajara also did not serve hominy with their menudo.

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                      Neta RE: Hughlipton Jan 22, 2008 06:15 PM

                      They serve the menudo blanco at Badiraguato in South Gate on Firestone. I'm not sure they have it every weekend though. The owners are from Sinaloa, some town close to Matzalan which is where my mom was from. She always made her menudo white.

                    2. Fresser RE: kare_raisu Jan 22, 2008 08:29 PM

                      Gilbert's El Indio in Santa Monica has it on the weekends. Never tried it though I sure it's good there. Give me a great Posole anyday.

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                        quicksilverwade RE: kare_raisu Mar 5, 2008 12:23 PM

                        Olvera Street has a small restaurant stall called La Noche Buena. Their menudo is good to the last drop. They have it Saturdays and Sundays and a special day during the week.

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                          Jerome RE: kare_raisu Mar 5, 2008 01:19 PM

                          El Jerezano on hazeltine near Burbank has menudo Friday-Monday.

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