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Aug 23, 2009 03:34 PM

Lunch w/ kids in East LA?

I need to take my father for a medical appointment in the new White Memorial Medical Center on East Cesar Chavez Ave on Tuesday at 11 am. I am not familiar with that part of downtown, and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for a decent place for lunch that's not too far, as I don't know the parking situation there either.

We are pretty open and love Mexican, but the only caveat is I will have my two boys with me, 7 & 5, who are semi-adventurous, but really prefer standard kid food, like cheeseburgers. No sushi, either, please. Can anyone help me out? Thanks, friends, in advance!

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  1. If you've never been this would be a good opportunity to try out El Tepeyac. You'll be about a mile and a half from them and they have grilled cheese or grilled ham and cheese if the kids don't want something more ethnic.

    El Tepeyac Cafe
    812 N Evergreen Ave. Los Angeles 90033
    (between Winter St & Blanchard St)
    (323) 267-8668

    El Tepeyac Cafe
    812 N Evergreen Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90033

    7 Replies
    1. re: Servorg

      Awesome! I saw a segment about them on FN's Man v. Food, with the huge burritos, and wanted to try them ever since I stopped drooling!

      Thanks for the rec, SO, I knew you'd come through for me, and I appreciate that you didn't just link me to!! Will let you know what we think!

      1. re: Phurstluv

        THey also have the BEST Chicken Taquitos with Guac... very kid friendly as IME, kids LOVE to dip! :DD


        1. re: Dommy

          Thanks, Dommy, appreciate the info and will have them try those!

          1. re: Phurstluv

            No problem! And one FINAL... thing... there is always a line to eat inside, but on the side they have picnic tables and a take out counter.. Go THERE... eating inside has it's charm... but it tends to be lost to kids... Instead they tend to prefer the display of huge burritos walking past... :)


            1. re: Dommy

              Got it, thanks again, I really appreciate it, and I can hardly wait!!! :))

        2. re: Phurstluv

          Okay one more final thing I promise to let you enjoy your lunch... I find the Chicken version of the Hollenbeck more consistant than the pork (pork just takes longer to get SUPER tender and sometimes they gotta turn around that stew before it gets to the RIGHT point)... So unless youa absolutely have to have the pork version... go with Chicken... :)

          That's it! I'm done! :DD


          1. re: Dommy

            You're awesome!! Thanks so much! :)))

      2. i don't know if this would be too adventurous for your sons, so i am attaching a link to the menu, but when i was doing that drive, i used to stop to eat at homegirl cafe on alameda near chinatown.

        they serve mexican-inspired california food.

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        1. re: westsidegal

          Another place I've wanted to try, thanks for the link. I will probably save that one for when they are back in school! ;)

        2. Oh. My. God. I almost ate the whole thing!!! Not the monster burrito, but it might as well have been. I haven't eaten that much in a while, I might have to go lie down!!

          Kids had taquitos & a cheeseburger. And cleaned their plates. Dad had the Hollenbeck con Pollo - it was massive, ate 2/3 of it. Mom had a quesadilla asada, and only managed about 1/2. I order a smaller burrito, thank god! Chorizo y huevos con frijoles, salsa ranchera. IT WAS AWESOME, I couldn't leave it alone. Finally managed to take home 1/3 of it for later.

          What a total trip that place is!! Got to park right in front and were first in line. There wasn't even a line, but she told us to wait ten minutes for a table inside, which actually only took about five. Manny greeted us and had to count us over again, thinking the gentlemen behind us were going to eat with us. We would've been fine with that! But they put two tables together for us, anyway. Then blared the mariachi music and a Happy Birthday song for the table next to us.

          My poor husband is so jealous. I will have to go back there very soon. At least after I fully digest! Thank you, thank you to Servorg for being Johnny-on-the-spot with the rec, and Dommy! for all of your wisdom. A true honor to know such true foodies as the two of you, and to be able to sample the many riches of this wonderful city. Thanks again, and I can't wait to keep going to El Tepeyac!

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          1. re: Phurstluv

            It's still one of the touch stones/icons of LA dining as far as I'm concerned. In the old days when I would go for breakfast Manny would pour a shot of tequila for you every now and again (on the house since he doesn't sell it). Thanks for your report back and glad that everyone enjoyed it.

            1. re: Servorg

              He still pours shots. I always decline though.......usually heading to work.

              1. re: slowrider

                That reminds me of the Nicolas Cage and Tea Leoni movie "The Family Man" when Cage's life goes down an alternate path and when he opens up the desk at his father-in-law's tire sales business where he works he finds a bottle of booze and says out loud to himself "You must have needed this everyday!" ;-D>

            2. re: Phurstluv


              This makes me so happy... i've been lapping up those taquitos at an age even younger than your youngest... Glad you got to sit inside and meet Manny, now you see what I mean by CHARM... :)

              Thanks so much for reporting back! :D


            3. love Love LOVE El Tepeyac