Taquitos served at Olvera Street's Cielito Lindo can be found nowhere else. They're one of a kind. Not even the other places in Olvera Street duplicate them.
I agree with mar52's sentiments. I have never had tqquitos like the ones at Cielto Lindo. As for the juice smoothies, Janet and I weren't impresed with any of them. Maybe we're just not hot smoothie fans.
Wanderingjew - Why worry about strict adherance to regional food. Good food is good food. Heck, pizza is not originally from New Haven, yet they have great pizza places .. or Apizza, as they call their variety. Taquitos might not orgiinally be from L.A., but Cielio Lindo's own variety is great. Barbecue (barbacoa) is originally from the Carribean but many varieties around the U.S. are enjoyable, as you know.
I know you eat at these places. Why so strict on regional stuff all of a sudden for L.A.? Heck, if it's good, it's good. ... even if on the moon ;)
Sorry, I had the Taquitos at Cielito Lindo, and I just simply wasn't impressed. They were ok, nothing special. There's actually a place here in Providence on Atwells Avenue that in m opinion makes a better version
The Roadfood books used to concentrate on unique local food. I know a good majority of of folks on here had no idea e that the Sterns wrote books prior to the website. So my regional thing isn't just geared to LA, it's geared to pretty much anywhere I travel. I guess I just don't believe in traveling and spending money to go to a place and eat the same things that I can find and are likely just as good or better back home. Locally I eat just about anything.
We'll just have to agree to disagree on this one, as I liked Cielito Lindo, ...as does mar52, who is a local.
As far as spending money to go to some place to get the same things I can get at home, that did not apply to me for Cielito Lindo, in my opinion. And, of course, opinon is just that; ... opinion.
One point is that you seem to be rigidly applying your standard for "regional food" for L.A., while you don't for things like pizza in CT or barbecue in the U.S., etc. Pizza is not originally from CT and barbecue is originally from the Carribean, not the American south, as many believe. The point is, you might be selectively applying your rigid standard. Hey, I dont blame you for getting pizza in CT or barbecue in the American South, (I often stop at Zuppardi's in West Haven on my way up I-95), ... but those foods were not original to those areas, and it doesn't bother me one bit. Good food is good food.
As for the website versus the original roadfood books, and knowing about the Stern's writings, I came from the Roadfood books side. I have been reading the Sterns since the early versions of the Roadfood books, but learned of this website only a couple years ago.
post edited by Glenn1234 - 2012/12/19 00:55:52