El Parian

1528 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
213-386-7361
Critics' Pick

Details

  • Sun, Sat 7am-9pm, Mon-Fri 9am-9pm
  • $
  • Takeout
  • Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
Until a local website praised its carne asada, El Parian was best known for its birria, Guadalajara-style roasted goat in broth, and when you sat down at one of the well-battered tables, the waitress didn't offer you a menu, she asked whether you were having a full order or were only hungry enough for a half. El Parian's birria may be the single best regional Mexican dish in Los Angeles. But those carne asada tacos have been pulling a crowd of people less interested in goat than in the sweet, meaty, garlicky charbroiled steak. And the taco people may be right - the meat is well blackened and peppered with delicious pockets of liquified fat. Will I order the carne asada taco the next time around? Of course not. But it's good to know it's there.

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