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Olvera Street's 3 Greenest Taquitos

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Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 9:11 AM

Just how different can taquitos really be? Turns out there's a lot more going on with these Mexican delicacies than their "tiny taco" name would suggest. So how do three Olvera Street favorites stack up?

click to enlarge Cielito Lindo - D. THOMAS
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  • Cielito Lindo

1. Cielito Lindo, E-23 Olvera Street, downtown. (213) 687-4391.

Sauce? thin, spicy, dark green.

Beef? not so beefy.

Tortilla? crispy.

How much green? Two taquitos for $3.

click to enlarge El Rancho Grande - D. THOMAS
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  • El Rancho Grande

2. El Rancho Grande, 17 Olvera Street, downtown. (213) 626-5750.

Sauce? thick, avocado-y, neon green.

Beef? beefy enough.

Tortilla? chewy.

How much green? Two taquitos for $2.30.

click to enlarge Juanita's Cafe - D. THOMAS
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  • Juanita's Cafe

3. Juanita's Cafe, E-20 Olvera Street, downtown. (213) 628-1013.

Sauce? thick, mild, tomatillo green.

Beef? oh so beefy.

Tortilla? crispy.

How much green? Two taquitos for $2.10.

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