Ciro's: 99 Essential Restaurants 2011
You can astral-project to Rajasthan if you like; I'll take the iron-barred, low-ceilinged dining room at this East L.A. institution, the funk of frying meat, a plate of old-school chile verde and the tiny dish of fresh, juicy avocado salsa that the house brings out for free. Ciro's makes the essential taquitos in Los Angeles. Its menu lists "SABROSAS FLAUTAS" in type suitable to the headline announcing the outbreak of World War III, and the flautas are tiny things, six to an order, tightly rolled and very crisp, which immediately begin to soften under their coats of chile sauce, thick guacamole and tart Mexican sour cream. Ciro's flautas are the surest bets on the Eastside. Ciro's, 705 N. Evergreen Drive, Boyle Heights. (323) 269-5104. Tues.-Thurs., 7 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri.-Sun., 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Beer and wine. Street parking. Cash only. Mexican.
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