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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?

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.

El Rancho Grande; Credit: D. Thomas

El Rancho Grande; Credit: D. Thomas

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.

Juanita's Cafe; Credit: D. Thomas

Juanita's Cafe; Credit: D. Thomas

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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