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Sep 13, 2009 08:30 AM

ISO - An eating tour of Mexico - without leaving LA

My 21 year old son has just come home from college in Victoria, BC, Canada, where, being bereft of ANY good Mexican food, he developed an avid, almost rabid desire to taste and learn about different regional cuisines. Fortunately he has a job, so an actual driving tour of Mexico isn't on the menu.

Can anyone give us a coherent, once a week representative tour of regional or other distinct varieties of Mexican food? We live in West LA and have already tried Tlapazola, Mariscos Chente, Taqueria Sanchez, and Mi Ranchito. But we're willing and eager to head Downtown (Mama's and Chichen Itza) and to East LA (El Tepayac) on weekends - traffic makes weekdays unworkable.

Many thanks.

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  1. Genesis 27
    Jacob Gets Isaac's Blessing
    1 When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could no longer see, he called for Esau his older son and said to him, "My son."
    "Here I am," he answered.
    2 Isaac said, "I am now an old man and don't know the day of my death. 3 Now then, get your weapons—your quiver and bow—and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me. 4 Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die."

    5 Now Rebekah was listening as Isaac spoke to his son Esau. When Esau left for the open country to hunt game and bring it back, 6 Rebekah said to her son Jacob, "Look, I overheard your father say to your brother Esau, 7 'Bring me some game and prepare me some tasty food to eat, so that I may give you my blessing in the presence of the LORD before I die.' 8 Now, my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you: 9 Go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats, so I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it. 10 Then take it to your father to eat, so that he may give you his blessing before he dies."

    11 Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, "But my brother Esau is a hairy man, and I'm a man with smooth skin. 12 What if my father touches me? I would appear to be tricking him and would bring down a curse on myself rather than a blessing."

    13 His mother said to him, "My son, let the curse fall on me. Just do what I say; go and get them for me."

    14 So he went and got them and brought them to his mother, and she prepared some tasty food, just the way his father liked it. 15 Then Rebekah took the best clothes of Esau her older son, which she had in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob. 16 She also covered his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins. 17 Then she handed to her son Jacob the tasty food and the bread she had made.

    OK, to make a long story short: if you want to relive the old story, feel the way Isaac felt after eating the magic goat stew, then RUN to El Parian, ask for their birria estilo Jalisco.
    (only "dish" in the menu, not counting the excellent tacos de carnitas and/or asada, and/or the mojarra frita, which I couldn't care less )

    El Parian
    1528 W. Pico Blvd.
    Los Angeles Ca 90015
    (213) 386-7361
    Mon-Fri 8am-930pm
    Weekends 9am-930pm
    Cash Only

    2 Replies
    1. re: RicRios

      Wow! Anything that involves Rebekah gets my vote. We'll go and report back. Thanks.

      1. re: RicRios

        Love the machaca at El Tepyac, also the chiliaquiles. You must go to La Casita Mexicana on Gage. The guys are from Jalisco and they make great food. Maybe try La Serenada de Garibaldi, but the one in Boyle Heights.

      2. Go to Breed Street off of Caeser Chavez Blvd. Here's a recent post that gives a good run down:

        4 Replies
        1. re: bulavinaka

          Very cool. Thanks. Is there a daytime feast there as well, or just at night?

          1. re: Jeryy

            It's a night time food fair. If you've ever enjoyed street food culture in other countries where street food is revered, you will really enjoy this one.

            1. re: bulavinaka

              Thanks. We're also going to try La Flor De Yucatan.

              1. re: Jeryy

                You may have already found and read it, but there's another new thread that is very similar to yours where the recs and info might be of interest:


                I've learned tons from some of the hounds who are very knowledgeable and serious about Mexican food in LA. You'll know them when you read their posts. :)