Colorado Chow

(including Glendale, Eagle Rock, Pasadena, Arcadia, Monrovia)

Saturday, December 29, 2007

La Estrella Taco Truck: Off Colorado - Highland Park

After an evening of bar hopping down in the Highland Park area, if you need that little something before calling it a night, you can always stop by La Estrella's Taco Truck parked on York Blvd. near Ave 54.

You'll find this taco truck in many of the Top 10 listings of Taco enthusiasts and authorities.

On one particular night, I needed a couple al pastor tacos at $1.25 a pop.

La Estrella Taco Truck
At York and Ave 54, Highland Park, CA 90042

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

fresh & easy: Off Colorado - Glassell Park

A new neighborhood grocery store, fresh & easy, openned on Eagle Rock Blvd. a few months back in Glassell Park. Their mission is to make fresh, wholesome food accessible and affordable to everyone. Lots of organic stuff there.

What they are trying to be is a more "affordable" Whole Foods or perhaps we can nickname them Traders VonsCo(?).

In any case, what do they do cut some operational costs? They pretty much prepackage everything (while at the same time increasing package waste) and reduce the choices. The displays are more sterile - costco-ish in grocery store shelving. They replace checkout stands with self-checkout stands (with some manned by staff).

So, if you live around the area, I would recommend going there and checking out all the aisles to see what they have and to try anything that may be appealing to you. Basically, figure out the items that you may actually consume.

While I could spend hours at a Whole Foods exploring and sampling different things, with fresh & easy I would only use the place as a quick in and out type of shopping.

fresh & easy Neighborhood Market
4211 Eagle Rock Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90065 (323) 255-1113
Open daily 8AM - 10PM

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

My Taco
Off Colorado - Highland Park

I confess that I went to this place after reading a review by Pulitzer Prize Winning Jonathan Gold in the LA Weekly. I've driven south down Figueroa many times but I never made a left turn on York - so I never saw this place.

First off, the location is kinda funny. My Taco has huge yellow signage and is in the middle of a minimall parking lot with a Chinese place next door. There is some DUI center(?) and a liquor store in the same lot. Supply and demand symbiosis at work, I guess.

lamb The specialty of My Taco is the Barbacoa - stewed lamb. The dish is served with onions, cilantro, some tortillas and a cup of goat consommé.
With a description like that how can you not try it? And let me tell you, if you are into lamb, this sucker is really good. I only got the "half" portion and I couldn't finish it. I'm scared to see what the "full" portion looks like.

The various reviews on this place also talk about their Carne Asada Fries and their Potato Tacos, but whatever. I'm sticking to the lamb.

And about this pic - I already polished off a few Barbacoa tacos off a "half" order before I realized I didn't take a picture.

My Taco
6300 York Blvd Ste 4, Los Angeles, CA 90042 (323) 256-2698

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Cindys Restaurant
1500 Colorado Blvd Eagle Rock

This is another old post that was in draft mode. Trying to clean up and get stuff posted by the end of the year.

Earlier this year, some people were apparently racing on Eagle Rock Blvd and one car crashed into Cindys. The building looked horrible. See for yourself. I hardly go to Cindys because it is your basic diner schlop food but I felt bad for the restaurant.

So, after they fixed up their joint, I did visit them a couple times to help them out. It is an old working restaurant that started like in 1946 or something. It's been there for a while. I wish the food were better.

While they were working on fixing the place up, I was wondering if they would do anything different with the interior. They matched everything to the orange decor that it was before. By the way, if you have anyone you know who is obsessed with orange, this is is a place to take them.

Cindy's Restaurant
1500 Colorado Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90041 (323) 257-7375

P.S. What is it about Colorado Blvd and crashing into food establishments. In 2007, Swork's front enterance was crashed into and also Pete's Burger joint was crashed into as well.

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