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Jan 26, 2013 05:25 PM

Chile Verde in LA

Who has the best? Had some this morning at Nick's and was wondering what else is out there.

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  1. Had it once at Tacos El Charro and thought it was very, very good.

    5900 E Washington Blvd Commerce, CA 90040

      1. re: ipsedixit

        Ipse, pretty good from you is not acceptable! I expect great recommendations. Where is Tonny's so I can try if I am in the neighborhood? Is it worth a special trip?

          1. re: Servorg

            Thank You Servog, for some reason it would not show up for me, it kept defaulting to Tony's.

      2. What kind of chile verde are we talking about? Most places in CA serve it on a plate or burrito, and it's spicy with little chunks of pork (usually browned first), in a spicy salsa. But there's the more mild, New Mexico kind served in a bowl, sometimes with beans, which is much less common here but worth seeking out.

        I like the really spicy "first" kind but there are so many taquerias and Mexican markets that serve it, I can't think of a winner among the dozens I've tried out there. I've never thought of it as being worth driving that far to get, so where are you located? And, what's Nick's like?

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        1. re: cant talk...eating

          If Burger Boy hasn't had it at Manuel's then I suggest it as an iconic spot to try it:

          1. re: Servorg

            I have had it but never thought it was amazing, their Machaca on the other had is amazing!

            1. re: Burger Boy

              I've had Manuel's a couple of times and find it unexceptional. Very dry pork. I actually love the verde at El Chavo, though I haven't had it for a few years. Definitely has the kick.

              Tere's is very good. I'll have to try Teresita's.

              It's true that a lot of places don't make what I consider a proper verde, and instead throw some carnitas in a pan with green salsa and toss it. That just makes me cry.

              New Mexican "green chile" is a whole different ball o'wax.

        2. Teresita's in East L.A. has excellent, and extremely spicy, chile verde: (Caution, the website plays music unless you stop it.)

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          1. re: estone888

            Went to Teresita's today for lunch. Yes, it was excellent, but holy mother of everything sacred, "extremely spicy" doesn't even begin to describe the heat level! I mean, yowza. I took myself to the restroom twice just to blow my gushing nose. I loves me some picoso, but I don't think I'd order it again there. Perhaps the colorado next time.

          2. Raphaels in Montebello