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Feb 11, 2011 09:09 PM

any coordinated on backyard barbacoas in E. LA?

Heard the show and KPCC and realize this is almost a waste but anyone been to a certain backyard where they make lamb, mexican pit style?

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  1. El Borrego de Oro in the city of Montebello cooks the tradittional Barbacoa de Borrego, i beleive that they advertised, that they cook it under ground with maguey and banana leaves. they also do catering for home party's.
    MONTEBELLO CA. 90640
    323 888-9253

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    1. re: montebello123

      thanks - ive been to borrego - this one is, umm well, "underground" in a backyard.

      1. re: blackbookali

        Not in ELA... but Along Adams Blvd starting on Central and ending on Fig, there are a lots of taco trucks and underground places specializing in Toluca or Chapulhuac style (Chapulhuac is considered the gold standard in Mexican Barbacoa). There is one in the backyard of the house that is EXCELLENT and another one out of a community center (Toluca style). Then a couple of well established trucks (I like Lonchera Candy) and a few restaurants (I like Taqueria DF) Also, barbacoa is breakfast food, so you have to get there early and on the weekends. By 2p, everyone is down to the dregs...


        1. re: Dommy

          And by "breakfast" you mean "quitaresacas"—hangover cure. :)

          Barbacoa on the weekend is one of the high points of Mexican cuisine... when it's done right.

          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            Basically... ANY Mexican breakfast = Hangover cure... ;) Anyway, the tradition actually comes from the Vendors coming from Chapulhuac to Mexico City on the weekends and it being 'such' an event that they sold out earlier. In Chapulhuac, Barbacoa is actualy more of a social meal (Fiestas) because of the cermony... but you know Chilangos... they take over everything... ;)

            Mexico City
            2121 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

          2. re: Dommy

            Dommy! are there any barbacoa places that serve on the weekends that are worth a visit? ( I pushed my Sunday to tomorrow because of the holiday and am now short on places(Huarache azteca is not serving barbacoa tomorrow for example)

            1. re: blackbookali

              Los Chilangos in Anaheim does barbacoa that I really like, but tomorrow's Monday; I'll bet they don't do it tomorrow. :(

              Los Chilangos
              1830 W Lincoln Ave, Anaheim, CA 92801

              1. re: blackbookali

                All the places I mentioned above are mostly weekend only operations actually. Even the restaurant, Taqueria DF is closed on Weekday nights...



                  1. re: blackbookali

                    Nope! Wrong one...


                    Note, it's a complete and utter DIVE.... bordering on scary. But once you get past the Skeeve... you can enjoy some truly excellent (And SUPER cheap!) Tacos de Barbacoa and Consome... The ladies there know what they are doing...




                1. re: blackbookali

                  I'll give you another barbacoa specialist. Been once. Liked it well enough, and need to go back. Some might be put off by the sketchy neighborhood. More for me.

                  El Borrego As de Oro advertises barbacoa de borrego estilo Texcoco. I'm attaching a photo. I got tacos the day I went. They asked me if I wanted regular tortillas or the hand-made ones for an extra 50 cents or something. Get the hand made, obviously.

                  Next time, I'm getting the plate of barbacoa with the broth.

                  222 West Slauson Avenue
                  Los Angeles, CA 90003-1131
                  (323) 235-1880

          3. I'm looking for a missing man: Senor del Borrego from Echo Park has been kicked off the curb by LAPD.

            If anyone is aware of his recent cooking whereabouts, please update us all? TIA.