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Dos Arbolitos

9034 Woodley Ave.
North Hills, CA 91343


  • Sun., 7 a.m.-4 p.m.; Mon.-Sat., 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • $
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Catering, Kid Friendly, Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Accepted
Sure, the sopes are uninspired; the pozole is too funky and rich. But campestre, involving long-braised pork steaks, rubbed with a smoked-chili paste and topped with fried green pepper and a swirl of blackened strands of onion, is tender enough to cut with a plastic fork. Costillitas are wonderful, tiny little chewy ribs blanketed with a salty, grainy sauce of chilies and tomatillos that stain the soft meat the color of an Ensenada sunset.

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