Dino's - Lincoln Heights
- Mike Sirois
If you have not been , make the trip. The "Collasal Burger" (Massive burger with pastrami) is an LA Classic.
Their chicken is some of my favorite even considering the wood fired Peruvian options. Dino's day-glo has massive flavor and is extremely tender. We had a party at our place over the weekend and picked up 25 quartered chickens along with beans, tortillas and rice (the weak link) along with plastic cutlery, napkins and paper plates and it came out to $100 and change.
I met a good friend at the Pico/Berendo location yesterday for his virgin visit and he was amazed at the tastiness of the chicken, the value, and the fun. Dino's is really amazing, they send people out from behind the counter to keep it clean, and patrons young and old treat it with respect. The chicken is just wonderfully flavorful and unique, the lunch bargain of the city. Almost everyone orders it, but they do topnotch burgers, pastrami, hot dogs, and carne asada as well. I order my chicken with extra "sauce" -- yes, it sogs up the fries, but I wrap them up in the gummy tortillas along with strips of torn chicken and even some coleslaw for tang and texture. My brother is coming in from Austin next month and we're hitting a Lakers game, and he's used to the finest gourmet restaurants -- since Langer's closes so early, I'm thinking Dino's on the way from the westside on the way to the game.
The other Dino's is not really Lincoln Heights, it is sort of east of Chinatown near the jail. That branch is much more of a burger joint, they may sell some chicken, but it isn't the overwhelming majority of the orders like the Pico location.
Prefer the Dino's on Main Street.
Side chicken plate is $5.15, at Pico its $5.50.
Main Street also give you lots of sauce on the side in a coffee cup (some lady at the Pico location was buying a whole chicken had to bring her own container to take some sauce home, since they won't give you sauce on the side), the fries are crispy and not soggy like at Pico, they also give you free drink refills and there's plenty of parking in their lot.
Talked to the owner Andy or Alex? today and he was very friendly (he's seen me there about 4 times in two weeks). I asked him if the sauce was healthy, not made from chicken fat or unhealthy oil, he said none of that but a dry marinade, so now I don't know what's in it, but he assured me it wasn't anything unhealthy. I almost think he might have given me the recipe ingredients, but I prefaced our conversation that I didn't have to know the recipe, but wanted to make sure it wasn't unhealthy since I'd eaten the chicken about two or three times in a week. He said he and the brother opened the Main Street location first in 1968 and basically the other brother's daughter's run the one on Pico now.
2817 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90031