Rincon Chileno (Chile)

4354 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
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  • Daily 10am-9pm
  • $$
  • Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
Humitas, Chilean tamales, are terrific here, sweetly spiced, intensely corn-flavored, with the consistency of a steamed pudding. Pastel de choclo, a pan-Andean favorite, is a sweet, nutmeg-laced corn pudding that conceals a chicken leg at its core. But the restaurant's great specialty might be the appetizer erizo matico, marinated giant sea urchin, the powerfully nutty iodine smack nearly tamed by the flavors of citrus and finely minced onion. The erizo is delicious, crammed full of aphrodisiac nutrients, but really too rich to eat more than a few bites.

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