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El Parian

1528 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
213-386-7361
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El Parian +

Anne Fishbein Taco goes well with birria.

Details

  • Sat.-Sun., 7 a.m,-9 p.m.; Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • $
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Takeout
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
Tucked away in plain sight on Pico near Union, El Parian is the sort of place you probably won't notice on your way to a Clippers game or during your attempt to circumnavigate the 10 freeway during rush hour. Which makes this restaurant perfect for those times when you need to hide from the city for a hot minute, reset and replenish your energy. The red potion here is the restaurant's much-lauded, Guadalajara-style birria: Long-simmered goat in a warm, slightly spicy consommé, served with freshly made tortillas and a plate of onions, cilantro and radishes reminiscent of the garnishes for that other soul-satisfying soup, pho. A sign warns you that the birria may contain stray bones and crunchy bits of cartilage, but it's exactly that rustic quality you'll love. You may contemplate your life's direction over this bowl. You may drown your frustrations in it. You will have your moment of peace. - Tien Nguyen

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    Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 3:30 a.m. by Tien Nguyen

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