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Jan 25, 2006 01:53 PM

Alejos: What's the big hype?

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What's all the commotion about this place? Came here yesterday, nothing special. Supposed to be "rock bottom prices"? Yeah right. Wasn't that impressed. All the tast of the food is drowned in the garlic that they use. What do you guy's think about this place?

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  1. I've only been once, thought it nothing special. Friendly neighborhood joint serving big plates of okay pasta & cheap wine to locals wearing their sweats. I'd never go back, but I don't live in that area. It's the kind of place I'd patronize if it were in walking distance, otherwise no.

    1. Basic, good Italian food at reasonable prices. I like the Linguini Pescatore, the Spaghetti and Meatballs and the Chicken Parmesan. Those aren't really drowning in garlic. Haven't really ventured too much further than that off the menu...

      Its in my neighborhood...walking distance actually. I don't really go often (a year or two actually), but when I do go, I like it. Last time, I thought the pasta dishes were around 6 or 7 dollars...the linguini pescatore around 10.95....

      1. I like the food, but find the atmosphere uncomfortable.

        Read this board long enough and you'll find that one of the big draws is that folks bring their own wine.

        That isn't important to me, so it isn't a factor. I do bring a can or two of beer with me, but I think it's more meaningful for wine drinkers to bring their own.

        Alejo's -- to me -- is a one or two dish place. Spaghetti and meatballs is one of the dishes. Chopped salad. Maybe a few others.

        I remember when the local best of LA articles would come out and Alejo's would get "best meatballs." That is where part of the hype comes from.

        1. When I lived in the neighborhood, we used to get take out from Alejos all the time. They have a really good chopped salad and decent (and cheap) pastas. As a garlic fan, I enjoyed the the heavy hand with the garlic, and they have a tasty marinara sauce.

          That said, I haven't been back to Alejo's since I moved to Silverlake in 1998, thus, I'd have to concur it's more of a neighborhood joint than a destination.

          1. i think it stinks, both literally and figuratively.

            that said, many others on this board think that a lot of minced garlic soaking in cheap oil will makes otherwise disgusting ingredients suddenly turn good.