Monday, December 18, 2006

Mariela's Taco



Jesus es dios, Lea La Biblia. Jesus is God, read the bible.

They love Jesus at Mariela's taco. There are literally a hundred Jesus stickers on the walls and the glass partition separating you from the kitchen. Many of them are the same sticker. When staring at them it feels like you've been Jesus spammed.

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Depending what time you go a seat may be hard to come by. During peak hours it's sometimes standing room only and on the weekends it's a family atmosphere and a somewhat of a madhouse.

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asada and al pastor

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carnitas

I ordered carnitas, asada, al pastor. The asada, very beefy and salted just right, the al pastor shredded with caramelized onions. The carnitas is by the books here, nothing fancy.

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al pastor

The al pastor is quite saucy and the texture is like carnitas. I probably wouldn't order the carnitas again and just double up on pastor since it's very similar only more flavorful. The asada is the real deal though. Very finely chopped and has a bake like quality, and when the grease and the salsa swim together it's poetry. A plate of these could cure any hangover.

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carne asada

I took each of them in my palm and with the salsa roja devoured them. They were quintessential LA tacos. They were a bit sloppy, a bit greasy but oh so delicious and in two bites they were gone.

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Mariela's Taco 3662 W 3rd St
Los Angeles,90020
Tacos $1

13 comments:

  1. Man, I wish many of these taco joints were more geographically desirable for me! I can only drive so far before the cost of gas exceeds the cost of the tacos!

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  2. The people here in Guatemala are wondering why I´m gnawing the computer screen.

    Beautiful carnitas photo Bandini.

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  3. christianne,

    yeah the gas always exceeds the cost of tacos.


    jeni,

    guatemala ...i'm jealous :)

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  4. Thanks a lot for what You are doing!Information, that I managed to find here
    is extremely useful and essential for me!With the best regards!
    David

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  5. Those pictures make those tacos look so real. Getting....so...hungry...for...tacos!!!
    Matt

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  6. Great job done, keep it up!with the best regards!

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  7. Bandini, This is the wrong Mariela's.... For some reason the one on 3rd street is definetly not as good as the one on sunset and coronado. The one on 3rd is greasy and sloppy, I dont have any idea as to why, but the other one is Sooo much better. I worked on wilshire and western and would drive to the other Mariela's in Echo Park just for their food instead of the 3rd street location.

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  8. THE ONE ON SUNSET /CORONADO SUCKS! YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT MAN MARIELA'S ON 3RD IS THE SPOT.YOUR SOOO WRONG!!!

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  9. The Mariela's on 3rd Street is FAR better than the one on Sunset Blvd.

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  10. THE ONE ON SUNSET /CORONADO SUCKS! YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT MAN MARIELA'S ON 3RD IS THE SPOT.YOUR SOOO WRONG!!!

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  11. Thanks a lot for what You are doing!Information, that I managed to find here
    is extremely useful and essential for me!With the best regards!
    David

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  12. Man, I wish many of these taco joints were more geographically desirable for me! I can only drive so far before the cost of gas exceeds the cost of the tacos!

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  13. omg yes! i just got wet i grew up on 3rd and kenmore my dad and then me put there kids through college hahaha i never went to the other one but all i know is best horchata ever and the soup is the best hang over cure yummy.. i moved to dallas a year ago and still dream about this place this for making me home sick

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