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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.

99 Essential L.A. Restaurants 2011:

Jonathan Gold's Introduction
Anne Fishbein's Photos
The Google Map

The List:

A-Frame
Akasha
Alcazar
Angeli Caffe
Angelini Osteria
Animal
Antojitos Carmen
Attari
Babita
Bludso's
Border Grill
Bottega Louie
Bulgarini Gelato
Cacao
Campanile
Casa Bianca
Chang's Garden
Chego
Chichén Itzá
Chung King
Church & State
Ciro's
Comme Ça
Cut
Dae Bok
Din Tai Fung
Drago Centro
El Huarache Azteca
El Parian
Elvirita's
Euro Pane Bakery
Eva
Fab Hot Dogs
Father's Office
Fig
Gjelina
Golden Deli
Golden State
Good Girl Dinette
The Gorbals
Guelaguetza
Guisados
Huckleberry
Hungry Cat
Ink.
Jar
Jitlada
Kiriko
Kobawoo
La Casita Mexicana
Langer's
Larkin's
Lazy Ox Canteen
Le Comptoir
Little Dom's
Lou
Lucques
LudoBites
Lukshon
Mantee
Marouch
Mayura
Meals by Genet
Mélisse
Mezze
Mo-Chica
Mother Dough
Mozza
Musso & Frank Grill
Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa
Newport Tan Cang Seafood Restaurant
The Nickel
Night + Market
Oinkster
101 Noodle Express
Palate Food + Wine
Park's Barbecue
Picca
Playa
Pollos a la Brasa
Providence
Ray's
Red Medicine
Rivera
Rustic Canyon
Salt's Cure
Sapp Coffee Shop
Sea Harbour
Son of a Gun
Sotto
Spago
Spice Table
Street
Tacos Baja Ensenada
Tasting Kitchen
Terroni
Tsujita L.A.
Vincenti
Waterloo & City

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Ciro's Restaurant

705 N. Evergreen Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90033-2618

323-267-8637


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