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Loreto's Fried Turkey - Cheap, Friendly, and Tasty Mom and Pop

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Dybno Aug 19, 2009 07:09 PM

I took the drive to Watts/Compton for lunch at Loreto's Fried Turkey. You pull up the place and to be honest it looks like a dump. It is in a mini-mall (usually a good sign for me but can scare the less enlightened off of a restaurant) next to a liquor store (another bonus). The sign is big and no frills. However, despite the exterior the inside is another story. It is small but more cozy than cramped. Definitely not room for a big group, but enough for the two people I with whom I went and myself. There is kitch, there is brik a brak, but its not your TGIFriday's garbage.

More importantly, the food was good. If you have to ask what to order at "Loreto's Fried Turkey" you probably should not be leaving your house without adult supervision. This said, the menu is semi strange. Most of the items relate or include fried turkey in some form. I chose the turkey sub and a turkey Taco with "Soul". The sub was good. The turkey meat was great. It was moist and flavorful. There was a lot of bread but it was not dry or overpowering since it was packed full of meat. There might be too much mayo for some but it was fine for me.

The taco was something new altogether. I am a taco purist but this was fusion at its best. Adding "soul" apparently means filled with gravy. Utterly legit. The taco was $1.50 or $1.00 without "soul". The sub was $6. The kicker is there is no tax. My friends got the Turkey Taco plate (two tacos, rice and beans) and a Turkey plate (turkey, greens, corn bread, and I think rice or potatoes) everyone ate for less than $10 and everyone enjoyed it.

The service was great. The staff is comprised of the owner, his mom, and his dad. Literally, mom and pop. The owner even brought out wipes for us before and after. The owners also told us they do whole fried turkeys to order, as long as you give them a day or so notice. Its worth the trip, check it out.

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Loreto's Fried Turkey
983 W Compton Boulevard
Compton, CA 90220
(310) 537-7612

  1. streetgourmetla Aug 19, 2009 11:50 PM

    There's a lot of this type of "fusion" in Watts. Many black-owned neighborhood restaurants have adapted to the influx of Mexicans and Central Americans. Lee's Market in Watts has chicken wings, enchiladas, and tamales. The fusion results in a Mexican-American food with a touch of LA soul.

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