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Just a heads up in El Monte

A5 KOBE Feb 1, 2014 05:05 PM

Little hole in the wall place that serves great family style Mexican food. Really good pozole and menudo, chilaquiles, and wet burritos. To note, I am usually the only non Hispanic in there. Prices are great.

El Taquito
10217 Valley Blvd
El Monte, CA 91731

Pictured: chilaquiles rojo con carne (carnitas)

I do not really hear about any places in El Monte but this place is definitely worth going to when in the area.

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  1. mpken RE: A5 KOBE Feb 2, 2014 01:00 AM

    That looks good. Going to check that out. We've been looking for a new pozole spot.

    1. Will Owen RE: A5 KOBE Feb 2, 2014 02:22 PM

      My only El Monte fave is the Jolly Jug, but those chilaquiles look worth a visit! That's a dish I only just learned about this past year, at Tonny's in Pasadena, but with carnitas and two eggs that looks like a pretty heroic plate. Name and address duly noted, and thanks!

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      1. re: Will Owen
        A5 KOBE RE: Will Owen Feb 2, 2014 08:59 PM

        Heroic might be the best way to describe this dish.

        Also to note, they fry the chips for the chilaquiles to order.

      2. ipsedixit RE: A5 KOBE Feb 2, 2014 06:13 PM

        There are actually quite a few notable El Monte places, many of which have been mentioned here (Ho Ho Kitchen, Hoa Binh, BB Garden, Cha Cafe, etc.) and some which haven't but are totally forgettable ( Ming Yuen, Jolly Jug etc.)

        One place that does deserve some mention is WeChat Cafe. A typical HK-style cafe that, for one reason or another, has mastered the art of really grungy but good baked pork chop.

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          A5 KOBE RE: ipsedixit Feb 2, 2014 09:05 PM

          Very interesting, but with such a concentrated population of Hispanics you would think more Mexican and Latin cuisines would be represented. I am not very familiar with the area and am always looking for places to eat when I am in the area.

          Thanks for some recommendations.

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            ipsedixit RE: A5 KOBE Feb 2, 2014 09:35 PM

            It's like the Chinese food version of Manifest Destiny.

            Slow eastward march until the forces join up with those on the eastern front at Rowland Heights and Diamond Bar.

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              raytamsgv RE: A5 KOBE Feb 3, 2014 12:43 PM

              I concur with ipse. The Chinese population of the West SGV is steadily increasing eastward.

              1. re: A5 KOBE
                andytseng RE: A5 KOBE Feb 3, 2014 07:20 PM

                If you haven't been, I enjoy the empanadas at Tito's Market. People, myself included, usually get the Milanesa sandwich also, but it's just a straightforward, decent sandwich.

              2. re: ipsedixit
                Will Owen RE: ipsedixit Feb 25, 2014 04:31 PM

                Well, ipse, I certainly haven't forgotten the Jolly Jug, and after the Korean (I think) family took it over it's just gotten better. Don't get down Peck that often these days, but I always try to be hungry when I do. Aside from the great sandwiches, what's cool to me is that it's a sort of local social center; often I'm the only one in there who doesn't know almost everyone else. Makes me homesick for the Midwest.

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                kevin RE: A5 KOBE Feb 3, 2014 07:02 PM

                do they make pretty good bean and cheese burritos, wet style ?????


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                  A5 KOBE RE: kevin Feb 3, 2014 08:07 PM

                  Not sure, but the beans are good and the wet burritos are too so I would imagine they would be pretty tasty.

                2. A5 KOBE RE: A5 KOBE Feb 22, 2014 11:43 PM

                  Also, made to order sopes. Crunchy on the outside, soft and pillowy on the inside.

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                    ns1 RE: A5 KOBE Feb 25, 2014 06:35 PM

                    made to order sopes, holy shit.


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                    Ernie RE: A5 KOBE Feb 26, 2014 06:49 AM

                    Looks great, thank you for the heads up

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