Cha cha cha in Los Feliz
- Zach May 13, 2002 05:39 PM
What's your opinion of this place?
Assuming you are referring to the one at Virgil & Melrose, it's funky, which depending on your POV can be good or bad. It's casual. And I always get the Camerones Negros which I think compare favorably to the Louisiana Black Pepper Shrimp at the Ivy. There's also some garlicky pizza which will keep the vampires away. I think you can get it with jerk chicken.
I had dinner there last week, actually. It had been a few year,s as I have moved from the neighborhood, but it was just as good as the first time I dined there, which was over 10 years ago when I first moved to Los Angeles. It has a funky atompshere, indeed. Which I enjoy. And the food was quite good. My friend had the verde vegetable paella and I had the jerk chicken. Both were top notch. And I started with one of the better corn chowders I have had in LA. Give it a try!
Keep in mind that the Prado family that founded the Cha Cha Chas now own no part of their operations, except maybe the chicken operation in Santa Monica. The ones in East Hollywood(the one under conversation), Long Beach and Cava are now under different ownership; the Encino one has always been under different ownership. The Prado family is huge and some of the family members may still cook in one or the other. The Prados actually own Confete in Weho, the Belmont on La Cienega, Prado on Larchmont, and are currently remodeling the former Shark Bar on La Cienega. As to their food merits, have at it, but keep in mind that differences will differ even more greatly than before. As to Caribbean flavors, per a posting last week, Sabor 2 on Pico in Santa Monica is quite good, if that is what you are looking for, but definitely in another area code.
The one time I went there I found the paella so salty, it was enough to keep me away since then. There is definitely a CORRECT amount of salt to use or certainly a range (remember this discussion from last week on the general board?) and this dish had about 3 times the necessary amount.
I love it. I eat lunch there maybe once a week, and usually get the Cha Cha Chicken sandwich. Nice sauce/marinade, avocodo, on a yummy white roll. I also like the jerk pork platter. Is it lunchtime yet? I'm getting hungry! Veggie sandwich is also a good alternative.