El Borrego de Oro

2403 E. Whittier Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90033


  • Daily, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • $$
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • No Alcohol
  • Catering, Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
In the neighborhood of Boyle Heights, which is thronged with businesses selling carnitas, fried seafood, grilled beef, El Borrego de Oro — the Golden Sheep — stands out as a specialist in mutton, specifically mutton pit-roasted with maguey leaves in the style of the central Mexican state Hidalgo, a savory mess known by the rather generic term barbacoa: slivers and shards and nubs hacked from a steaming carcass, some of it attached to the bone and some of it not, some crunchy, some soft, some greasy, luscious and dark. This is pungent, powerful stuff, sweetly reeking of the gamy underbrush, like lamb that bites you back. Read our review of El Borrego de Oro..

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  • Maria Had a Little Lamb
    Wednesday, February 11, 2004 at 11 p.m. by Jonathan Gold

    Photo by Anne Fishbein El Borrego de Oro is a café hard by the doughnut shop in an Eastside mini-mall, a cramped storefront dominated by a giant juicing machine, and a dining room, if you can call it that, jammed into a narro...


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