i see your in los angeles...i highly suggest taking a trip over there to experience it first hand....
but i will endulge in some details....
as a little tike, i use to get a bean and cheese burrito, dry. that was my meal. a nightly routine meal. i graduated to a carne asada dinner plate as i got older. a few years back, i tried other dishes there, and one of my brothers favorites, the chile reileno. the chile relieno is so cheesey and tastey, words i type here couldnt even tell the tale.
the carne asada dinner always comes with a great size slice of meat, the beans and rice is excellent. always fresh tasting and moist, never dry and nasty looking. the cheese ontop of the beans is a great blend as well. the "desert", i like to call it, is this sauce they put on top of the rice/beans center portion. it is kind of like a pico degallo sauce i guess. onions, taomato flavor. seasoning. its killer good.
the chips are always fresh tasting. never over salted or even taste old or stale. the sauce they give with the chips has been the same since i have been going. its this red hot sauce. lots of flavor. they serve it with butter. you take the butter, usually comes kind of hard in little packs, and you softly smash it with your fingers so it softens a little so you can take your chip and scrape the butter onto the chip and dip it in the hot sauce. it kind of milds the "hot" off the sauce.
everyone i have taken to la cabana has had a great experience. never had complaints or problems on my end or with the people i bring.
they serve handmade corn and flour tortillas that come to your table steaming hot from the grill they have in the center of the restaurant.
the atmosphere is cool. they havent remodeled it but one time to extend the back to a outdoor balcony since i have been there. they have 3 guys walking around at night with music instruments playing songs infront of your table on request. its very fast paced with the servers, they get your meals and drinks to you quickly.
...like i said, this is hands down the best mexican food (for what they offer on the menu) in southern california IMO...and you can only agree with me by driving over there and experiencing it for yourself.
when you decide to trave over there, park in the parking lot across the street, but close to the Rose Ave. side. you wont get towed or ticketed. usually parking is scarce in that area so it is ok to park there.
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