Los Angeles, CA 90015
LA Weekly's Description
Until a local website praised its carne asada, El Parian was best known for its birria, Guadalajara-style roasted goat in broth, and when you sat down at one of the well-battered tables, the waitress didn't offer you a menu, she asked whether you were having a full order or were only hungry enough for a half. El Parian's birria may be the single best regional Mexican dish in Los Angeles. But those carne asada tacos have been pulling a crowd of people less interested in goat than in the sweet, meaty, garlicky charbroiled steak. And the taco people may be right - the meat is well blackened and peppered with delicious pockets of liquified fat. Will I order the carne asada taco the next time around? Of course not. But it's good to know it's there.
Tips from foursquare
El Parian's birria may be the single best regional Mexican dish in Los Angeles.
Don’t miss the Guadalajara-style birria: roasted kid hacked into chunks and served in a strong consommé that tastes like amplified pan drippings.
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Enjoy Jalisco-style roasted goat that's been served here for nearly five decades. Chef Garcia offers a crusty-but-juicy birria with vinegary habanero sauce.
Order a bowl of the intensely savory birria, especially if you're a goat lover. This Jalisco stew is revered as a hangover cure:
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