Once she was shopping for fabric trim and flowers for Mother's Day, she realized she was famished. She asked the shop owner where the closest place to grab a bite was. He pointed directly across the street, to a place she didn't even realize was a restaurant.
Las Amigas is a teeny little shop, with a seating area right across the alley that leads to parking. It is definitely not the flashiest place, and if you're looking for slick atmosphere you are certainly not going to find it here. I can safely call it "hole in the wall" territory. But she toodled over there anyways and ordered a chile relleno. You know it's ethnic when a Southern California native with a working understanding of espanol has to point to what she wants because they couldn't understand what she wanted. It didn't matter-- it was delicious.
|My brother at the seating area|
She brought us back there, on a search for more fabric trim (or a thinly veiled excuse for more chile relleno). My dad commented it was kind of like dining in a foreign country--outdoor seating only. My brother ordered a Tamarind Jarritos, and after a confused pause and much pointing at the menu,
"Ahh! Jarrrrrritos Tamarrrrindo, Si!"
Okay, we are officially los gringos gargantuan, because our waitress cannot even understand us talking about soda.
|closeup of yum!|
My mother and I tamed the heat with horchata, which was much less sweet than the commercial type and had more body. We just wished it had more cinnamon, as the taste was a bit bland.
|Oh we totally got some to take home!|
Best of all, it was very reasonably priced. For four drinks, three enchilada platters, one chile relleno platter, a stack of 16 warm tortillas, chips and salsa, a 9 ounce tub of liquid spicy crack to take home, and three chile rellenos to go, it was $58 plus tip.
Yes, my mother ordered three chile rellenos to go. It's that good.
830 San Julian St
Los Angeles, CA 90014