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Chile Verde

Doc_H Apr 11, 2009 05:20 PM

Where can I get the best (spicy) Chile Verde in L.A. or the San Gabriel Valley?

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  1. Servorg RE: Doc_H Apr 11, 2009 05:28 PM

    I like the version they do at Teresita's Restaurant (in case you are over that way sometime).

    3826 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90063

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      estone888 RE: Servorg Apr 11, 2009 09:40 PM

      I second that. Teresita's is some of the best I've had anywhere.

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      Neta RE: Doc_H Apr 11, 2009 08:01 PM

      Raphael's in Montebello at the northwest corner of Beverly and Wilcox right next to Bally's. Their chile verde is excellent!!!!

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        delishdonna RE: Doc_H Apr 11, 2009 10:50 PM

        The best chile verde I have ever had is at Tacomiendo in West La....

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          mdpilam RE: delishdonna Apr 13, 2009 12:20 AM

          I tried their Chile Verde for the first time tonight, and was mildly impressed. It's not necessarily a dish that I always order, but I do like it. I enjoyed the nopales in there. Their verde sauce was very good, and I love their homemade tortillas. The pork was a bit dry, however, and I only got 3 small chunks of meat. It was $7.95, so I can't complain too much. Overall it was pretty good though.

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            delishdonna RE: mdpilam Apr 14, 2009 04:42 PM

            I am really surprized the pork was dry and you got so little of it......it has been my experience that the pork is very juicy and tender and there was so much of it ...I took the rest home for lunch the next day....if you try it again ...Iwould let them know about your last experience and have them make sure it doesn't happen again.

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              Eat_Nopal RE: delishdonna Apr 17, 2009 02:27 PM

              The menu at Tacomiendo is big, and Chile Verde is not a best seller for them. My guess is that they only prepare 1 a week at best. Almost everything Tacomiendo puts out is Very Good to Excellent... at least when its relatively fresh. As things sit in the fridge for a week.. they are bound to dry out. My guess is that was the last portion of Chile Verde remaining. A great restaurant would have just thrown it out and made a new batch. But with Tacomiendo's typical bargain basement prices & huge portion sizes... and their perceived need to offer a big range of foods... I think they perform miracles as it is.

              Personally, they were always forth coming with me as to what was fresh... they knew as soon as I walked in the door to alert me if the Chile Rellenos had been prepared that day, or if they recently made Mole, Barbacoa etc.,

        2. David Kahn RE: Doc_H Apr 12, 2009 10:31 AM

          Two places I really like for chile verde are Mi India Bonita (on those rare occasions when I don't order or they are out of al bondigas) and Tere's. Both versions are well made, with obvious affection and attention to detail. (Also agree with Servorg and estone888 that Teresita's does this dish very well.)

          Tere's Mexican Grill
          5870 Melrose Ave Ste 1, Los Angeles, CA 90038

          Mi India Bonita
          4731 E Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022

          1. Moose RE: Doc_H Apr 12, 2009 12:23 PM

            The Talpa in WLA has an amazing chile verde, although they call it "Pork In Spicy Tomatillo Sauce". It has a very pleasant, smoky kick. You can get it served either in a burrito or as an entree.

            The Talpa
            11751 W Pico Blvd
            Los Angeles, CA 90064

            1. annagranfors RE: Doc_H Apr 12, 2009 07:09 PM

              Via Dommy!, via Jonathan Gold, may I present Tonny's in Pasadena:


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                Harry Nile RE: annagranfors Apr 14, 2009 04:22 PM

                Tonny's chile verde is good, but I think the ribs are much better and deeper in porky flavor. (And don't overlook their excellent aguas frescas.)

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                  Bert RE: annagranfors Apr 16, 2009 01:23 PM

                  Love the Tonny's chile verde, but it's not traditional. it's really carnitas smothered in an intense chile verde sauce, rather than pork slowly cooked in a chile verde stew.
                  That being said, the Tonny's chile verde wet burrito is one of my favorite dishes anywhere..

                2. DiveFan RE: Doc_H Apr 12, 2009 09:29 PM

                  Well, this topic's definitely a keeper. My former fav chile verde place went downhill, gotta do some more field investigation :-).
                  I suspect that many of these places use poblanos since they are cheaper (and IMO better) than Anaheims.

                  Tonny's Restaurant
                  843 E Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104

                  11462 Gateway Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                  The Talpa
                  11751 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                  Rafael's Mexican Restaurant
                  2226 W Beverly Blvd, Montebello, CA 90640

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                    Thi N. RE: DiveFan Apr 14, 2009 10:39 AM

                    The real question here is: why do 5 out of the 7 recommended places here start with "T"?

                    This may kick off another compulsive eat-fest. Thanks guys. I just lost 4 pounds. Here the come again, but extra-porky!

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                      ElissaInPlaya RE: Thi N. Apr 17, 2009 01:42 PM

                      hah. Did you notice that none of the "best place for....?" threads fill in the blank for steamed vegetables, fresh fruit or plain chicken breasts ?

                      A few years ago, someone asked how other chowhounds stayed at a healthy weight; about 200 responses later the basic answers were 1) They don't or 2) They eat super-healthy meals when not at restaurants or 3) They exercise more than most other people do. I tend toward option 3, when option 1 is the reality, then I add option 2 also.

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                      Eat_Nopal RE: DiveFan Apr 17, 2009 02:32 PM

                      "I suspect that many of these places use poblanos since they are cheaper (and IMO better) than Anaheims."

                      Actually most Mexican places use Jalapenos or Serranos in Chile Verde. Its only places specializing in New Mexican or Chihuahua's cuisine that use the Chilaca / New Mexico / Anaheim / Hatch variety.

                      Mexican restaurants using Poblanos are much more likely to make the Poblanos into a creamy sauce similar to Rajas but smooth & creamy. I can't recall any generic Mexican place in L.A. ever using Poblanos in Chile Verde... not El Tepeyac, La Parilla, Tha Talpa, El Indio... or Tacomiendo.

                    3. orythedog RE: Doc_H Apr 14, 2009 10:11 AM

                      A BIG second vote for Tere's on Melrose. The Chile Verde is consistently awesome. Big tender chunks of pork await you with homemade tortillas. Also, you have to love a place where the owner is there from 9am to 9pm.

                      1. cant talk...eating RE: Doc_H Apr 14, 2009 08:55 PM

                        I think the best (and hottest) in the Pasadena area has to be El Super Burrito. Agree totally w/ others on Tere's in that part of town.

                        El Super Burrito
                        3631 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

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                          sky21 RE: Doc_H Apr 15, 2009 09:02 AM

                          La Carreta is really good and the carne con chile colorado is just as tasty (they use habaneros in their pico de gallo so you can always adjust the heat to your liking). If you're more in the mood for breakfast food, they serve up a mean Huevos Divorciados (2 eggs over easy, one topped with chile verde and the other with chile colorado).
                          NOTE: they're open for breakfast but not dinner and they're closed on Tuesdays.

                          4538 1/2 Cesar Chavez Ave (just north of 710/60 interchange)
                          Los Angeles, CA 90022
                          (323) 261-1365

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                            ickster RE: Doc_H Apr 15, 2009 11:38 AM

                            I like the chile verde at avila's el ranchito in the city of huntington park. At times they make it with pork ribs, at times with boneless pork. They also make it with nopales or verdolagas when available. Regardless of how it is prepared, it is always good. Freshly pressed and cooked corn tortillas as well.

                            6703 Santa Fe Ave.
                            Huntington Park, Ca
                            Phone: 323.585.5055

                            1. The Chowhound Team RE: Doc_H Apr 17, 2009 03:16 PM

                              The digression on the origins of chile verde has been moved here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6128...

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                                Doc_H RE: Doc_H Apr 18, 2009 04:29 PM

                                First Report: Visited Tonny's yesterday, was not impressed. It was ok, but lacked kick. Chile verde must have a kick.

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