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Monday at Rivera . . . what to eat?

PD Girl Jan 7, 2010 08:51 PM

My Dad and I are going to Rivera on Monday before the KIngs game. What are the must-get items??? Including drinks.

  1. mollyomormon Jan 8, 2010 09:54 AM

    If you like duck, the duck enfrijolada. I love the purple rain cocktail, although every cocktail I've tried there has been really delicious.

    1. ipsedixit Jan 8, 2010 10:09 AM

      Only been once, but I really thought the housemade tortillas were fabulous. The pork short ribs, however, were a total disaster -- greasy and undercooked. Avoid at all costs.

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      1. re: ipsedixit
        Harry Nile Jan 9, 2010 06:09 AM

        Greasy and undercooked ribs? Someone should get Sedlar to Tonny's for costillas -- chewy, bony, and delicious.

        BTW, can you compare Rivera's tortillas to the tender and slightly puffy ones at Babita? They're the best I've had in Los Angeles, hands up or down.

      2. s
        schrutefarms Jan 8, 2010 10:19 AM

        There are, I believe, two different rellanos, one hot and one cool. Get them both, they were delicious. Also the tortilla starter, and the chocolate cake with pineapple was honestly one of the best, if not THE best, dessert I have ever had.

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          sheila1 Jan 8, 2010 10:57 AM

          to drink: the barbacoa. hands down! I think the food is good (and certainly pretty) but the cocktails were even better.

          1. mollyomormon Jan 8, 2010 11:19 AM

            weirdly, my post recommending the duck enfrijolada was removed. do the chowhound gods not like duck?? I also really like the purple rain cocktail in addition to all their other cocktails I've tried.

            1. j
              jenngen Jan 8, 2010 03:15 PM

              We were there the other night and I would agree with the recs. of the tortillas and hot rellanos. We also enjoyed the pork shoulder and the quail. All of the desserts were really good. For a cocktail I enjoyed the Rivera Cup.

              1. streetgourmetla Jan 8, 2010 05:59 PM

                starters: tuna ceviche, bacalao,piquillo peppers, arabasque, kumamoto oysters
                mains: duck enfrijolada, carne churrasco, pork shoulder sous vide pibil
                drinks:barbacoa, bee's nuts, Tona Manzana

                Tequilas: Arette, Tequila Ocho
                Cachaca: Weber Haus(ask for a chilled glass, swishing ice water works)

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