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Lennoxico tour w/pics

Ever been to Lennox? I've stopped there over the years wandering back from LAX looking for restaurants and had eaten at a few spots, surprised at the dense Latino population that has grown there over the years, mostly Mexican and Central-American.

The stretch of Inglewood Bl. between Century Bl. and 111th St. is a residential neighborhood zoned for business, so there are houses that have been converted to restaurants and other Latino owned businesses.So, I took the metro to the Hawthorne station for a taste of Lennoxico.

Lennox Pollo is a serious pollos rostizados joint, and although I didn't eat there, the chicken looked and smelled wonderful.

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La Feria reminds me of a tourist restaurant in Mexico, with a menu all over the map with seafood to carnes.Caldo michi,cocteles,pescado zarandeado,carne asada a la Tampiquena, and Southwestern fajitas, nachos, and combo plates.Mariachis regularly perform at this family restaurant with a nice ambience.This place could be in the Zona Dorada in Mazatlan! It's a place for the locals to celebrate birthdays,etc.Didn't dine here either, but it was nice to see this type of place, very oddly located on Inglewood Bl, in LA.

Don Rogelio's Tex Mex restaurant has been on my list for a while.An authentic Tex Mex place in LA not affliated with a ridiculous chain, or some other poor version of the substantial Tex-Mex cuisine .Don Rogelio's sits about 50 yards back from the street amidst a few vibrantly colored country houses, a little bit of Los Olivos in Lennox, despite the planes flying over every 5 minutes.Yes, Don Rogelio's is in a flight path.What caught my eye this day was the fabulous looking and smelling cocido being prepared.WHen cocido is done right it might be the only thing on the menu for me, when done wrong it's just a tedious beef stew, an irksome addition to the card.Don Rogelio's cocido is beautiful.

Don Rogelio's
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Cocido
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Dine in Don Rogelio's country garden, surrounded by a Latino candle shop, barber shop, market, and fountains with cords running along the grass.

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The cocido has huge Texas sized vegetables and tasted delicious.Along with some tortillas and the chorus of low flying planes, pure heaven on Earth.Their menu has barbacoa,lengua chile verde, enchiladas, Tex-Mex menudo, Southwestern mole, caldo de pollo, and guisados, to name a few.All recipes are from la senora, a true Tex-Mex transplant to Lennox.

Mariscos Chente is run by a family from Los Mochis specializing in Sinaloan seafood.I enjoyed a nice taco de marlin here, and will be back armed with a 6 of Pacifico's.

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I had some good food here a few years ago at Angelica's homey little joint, which is like a comida economica with Mexican and Salvadorean antojitos and platos.

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There are other places to eat, street vendors, and a panoply of beauty salons located in peoples houses.

These restaurants are great, the kind that I wish were in my neighborhood.I can't wait to get back to try some more of Mariscos Chente, Lennox Pollo, and Don Rogelio's. I love LA.

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  1. The cocido looks very, very good. You have a bunch of links to photos in your post, but they all show the same pic's (as far as I can see). It looks like one link would have covered all of your photos. Is that right?

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    1. re: Servorg

      You want an adventure? Next time, go after dark. This street (Inglewood Avenue, by the way, not Boulevard - totally different street) has long been one of my hidden stashes of Mexican food.

      There are two taco trucks that set up at night, around 6pm to midnight ish. One sets up alongside Lennox Pollo (corner of Inglewood Ave & Lennox Blvd). This is the better of the two trucks, IMO. The first time I went, I noticed they hung coils of dry chorizo (as opposed to the really loose, wet style) in the truck's window. I figure any business that hangs their food in front of your face like that (think Cantonese BBQ restaurant here) must take some pride in that thing. So I got the chorizo taco and damn if it wasn't some of the best chorizo I've ever had. Not too greasy, crispy, a little bit of char. Jeez, can't think of the name of the truck, but look on this corner.

      There's a second truck a few block north (closer to Century), a more gaudily lighted one called Taco Dolar. Both trucks charge a buck for their tacos. There's usually more people at this one, perhaps they get more turnover, but the food's not quite as well done. It's set up next to an empty lot that turns into an illicit night market where Spanish language CD's and pirated DVD's are sold.

      You know what? I just realized I haven't been here since the city cracked down on taco trucks. I can't say with certainty that they're still there. But just in case...

      1. re: Professor Salt

        Ha, I knew I wasn't alone.Yes, Inglewood Ave., thanks for the correction.Glad to know another food thrill seeker is out there.I will take your advice and go back at night, and on the metro even.

        1. re: streetgourmetla

          Yeah, just can't promise you what's happened since the taco truck ban. Please do report back!

        2. re: Professor Salt

          I don't think there's cause for worry - the current taco truck bans are up only for unincorporated parts of LA - which covers much of what we call East LA, but not Lennox. Yet. So you're probably in the black for now.

          1. re: Thi N.

            Nice. Since you're our in house expert on this stuff, can you keep us updated on the local truck developments?

            1. re: Professor Salt

              I saw the Taco Dollar truck sitting across from Don Rogelio's last weekend. After "streetgourmetla's" original post I decided to hit Don Rogelio's again. I found the place about a year ago and met the owner who is a lady from Texas. I believe her name is Viola and another time I talked to her son who is a contractor and is gradually making improvements to the place. They're U.S. born so their english is impeccable. Usually I see a sweet faced hispanic gal or a rather elegant looking hispanic guy at the counter. They don't speak much english, but they are as nice as can be. The first time I went I got a burrito which is served wet. Viola apologized for it taking a while because they made the tortilla fresh. No reason to apologize! They make a nice burrito. Actually they also make several other things for breakfast like chilaquiles, but I've never ordered them. I usually drink a jamaica with my meals.

            2. re: Thi N.

              Unfortunately unless there's been some annexation in recent years, Lennox is unincorporated LA County sandwiched :-) in between Inglewood and Hawthorne.

              To the OP, do you have a current address for Mariscos Chente? The LACO health dept. doesn't list one in this immediate area. TIA!

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              Don Rogelio
              10618 S Inglewood Ave, Lennox, CA 90304

              La Feria
              10903 S Inglewood Ave, Inglewood, CA 90304

              Lennox Pollo
              10822 S Inglewood Ave, Inglewood, CA 90304

              1. re: DiveFan

                Mariscos "Chente"
                10020 Inglewood Ave.
                Lennox, CA 90304

                Had to dig through the overstuffed shoebox for this one!

                What is most intriguing about this place is the menu of Culichi(people from Sinaloa) specialties:aguachile,camarones al ajillo,camarones costa azul(bacon wrapped shrimp),camarones chipotle, camarones culichi,filete empapelado,pescado dorado,etc.
                These are serious Sinaloense dishes, I mean, one doesn't just put camarones Culichi on their menu unless they mean business and are from Sinaloa.I've been traveling throughout the Sinaloa state every couple of months or so on business for the past 6 years and have tried so many mariscos places in LA claiming the Sinaloense style, and they always just talk the talk.They put down the improper Mexican seafood accompaniments of Mexican rice and refritos with everything, have more non-seafood items on their menus than seafood,have a non-Sinaloense cook make a few bad versions of Sinaloan signature plates,or overload their menus with lame cocteles using inferior seafood bought at El Super.

                I enjoyed my taco de marlin, but will be going back to delve into Mariscos Chentes menu.I have my fingers crossed.

              2. re: Thi N.

                Another topic with some local references:
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/502086

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                Unnamed taco truck
                Inglewood Ave and Lennox Blvd, Lennox, CA

          2. Thanks streetgourmetla,

            Agreed w/ Servorg, that Cocido looks delicious! :)

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            1. re: exilekiss

              Thanks Exilekiss, I think I'm going for the mariscos tomorrow afternoon.I will have to look away and plug my nose when I pass Don Rogelio's, which will surely have that cocido roaring by that time.

            2. We have a very close relationship with Dolores Huerta Elementry School... I have yet to enter a class there that wasn't over 90% Latino... :)

              But still, it never occurred me to scope out the chow scene... thanks for the great leads! :D

              --Dommy!

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              1. re: Dommy

                I have to check this out, soon, very soon. I never heard of Lennoxico before. Sounds great!! Thanks for sharing!

                1. re: Dommy

                  Was your 90% guess just based on observation?If so, I'm impressed because the stats I found online put Lennox at about 90% Latino, combining all the Latino groups in town.

                  Next time have a bite and send your report.

                  1. re: streetgourmetla

                    Actually, it was strictly observation... but just double checked with my official numbers and it's 92% for the total, and the kid number would actually naturally be higher...

                    Yeah, people are always suprised at how Latino "Inglewood" is (They have the best Gigante in the region!!!). But again, after a DISASTEROUS visit to LAX tacos and not being impressed by the Taco Trucks around the area durring the day... I kinda wrote the area off...

                    --Dommy!

                2. OK, so I went back to Mariscos Chente, and Wow!! Just to qualify my statement, I am a Sinaloense fan through and through, and a frequent chowhounder in the Sinaloan state.Most passable mariscos joints in LA are Sinaloense, in menu at least, and up 'til now I have been on a quest for a decent place that had A)a true Mexican mariscos cuisine of pure seafood B)a real Sinaloense menu, not just a couple of dishes, and C) the flavors and sensibilities of Sinaloa.And, Mariscos Chente has made my wish come true.

                  I ordered camarones Culichi, the comfortable and rich crema de poblana sauce over shrimp that is a Sinaloan specialty and was brought right back to the flavors of Las Palmas in Culiacan.Unbelievable, and served with only a white coastal rice and cucumbers, no beans, or french fries to ruin the balance.

                  This place pnly has mariscos, no milanesas, carne asada, or fajitas to play to the non-seafood, or tourist class of diner.The menu is filled with Culichi favorites like camarones borrachos, chicharron de pescado(yum!!!),pescado zarandeado, and camarones El Ajillo.This is the real deal folks, and gets my vote for the only true authentic Mexican regional seafood restaurant in LA. A completely humble establishment with delicious, authentic, and homestyle Sinaloan seafood.

                  They will be opening the main restaurant at 4532 South Centinela where there was a fire some time ago.The owner Sergio Penuelas and his wife will be moving to the new location and keeping the Lennox address as well, but they will cooking at the Centinela restaurant.Sergio said that they will be doing the pescados zarandeados(can't wait) at the new restaurant, which is more spacious and set up to cook whole fish.

                  For now you can see Sergio at his Lennox location.I will post when they have officially start in the new spot.I will put this restaurant on Eat Nopal's best Mexican restaurant heavyweights list.

                  If you go, let Sergio know that "el saxofonista de Marisela me mando" (Marisela's sax player sent me) Ask Sergio to make you something puro Culichi! He will have beer at the new restaurant but for now it's BYOB.I brought my Pacifico's, from the great Culichi city of Mazatlan.Viva Mariscos Chente!!!!!

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                  1. re: streetgourmetla

                    Thanks for the report streetgourmetla! :)

                    Did Sergio give you an ETA on when they were opening up their Centinela restaurant? Or if you find out, please let us know. Thanks.

                    1. re: exilekiss

                      Is that where Mariscos Estilo Nayarit is now?

                      1. re: Servorg

                        Yes, Mariscos Estilo Nayarit is Mariscos Chente.

                        1. re: streetgourmetla

                          I thought it sounded familiar! I have been a couple of times. To be honest, I'm no expert in Mariscos restaurants, so I wasn't too impressed... will have to give a shot again...

                          --Dommy!

                          1. re: Dommy

                            Well, you are an expert in Mexican cuisine, especially of the Yucatan.And, you know, the key to having the right experience is in what you order.

                            Sinaloans are the sushi masters of Mexico.Their raw shrimp, scallop, and fish preparations are a combination of fresh catch from the Sea of Cortez, and the skilled knives of Sinaloenses.The little puestos in Sinaloa that turn out magical tostadas of camaron crudo, the aguachiles, maleficios, and botanas of fresh scallop with lime and soya are amazing.Mariscos Chente can't go there due to the lack of affordable, and quality seafood.He could shop where the Water Grill shops, but thats not going to fly in Lennox with the local clientele.$20 for ceviche de camaron? No manches!

                            But, Chente does many Sinaloan shrimp dishes such as camarones culichi, camarones borrachos, al ajillo,al chipotle, costa azul, chicharron de pescado,and filete empanizado.They also due limited raw presentations like the aguachile and the ceviche de pescado.

                            The chef cooks home style, and puro Sinaloense.Try some of those dishes, and his zarandeado at the new location.Camarones Culichi is a comfort food that is very simple, but you will not find it on any menus in LA.Let me know if you do and I will make the trek.I'm sure you know a bunch of Yucateco dishes that are so common in Merida that no Yucateco restaurant here even thinks of doing.

                            Great botanas of callo, camaron, and lobino, whole fish dinners, and a variety of quality classic dishes will come when the Angelenos, both Mexican and Non-Mexican alike, stop ordering shrimp cocteles,ceviche from a Vallarta market trough, campechanas, and mojarra frita all the time at mariscos restaurants.

                            1. re: streetgourmetla

                              Great! I think I had the Mojo de Ajo which I always tend to find disapointing because the Yucatecan version is so different... I'll hve to try the Culichi!

                              --Dommy!

                              1. re: Dommy

                                Dommy -
                                Could you explain how the Yucatec version is different?
                                Sincerly your comida yucateca student,
                                alex

                                1. re: kare_raisu

                                  In the Yucatecan Version, the Ajo is ground with oil and sour orange into more of a paste. Then cooked all together, so it kinda coats the shrimp. It's a favorite of Marisco stands in the coastal towns of the Yucatan...

                                  --Dommy!

                  2. Camarones Culichi at Mariscos Chente.
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                    luscious Culichi sauce up close and personal
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