On a lazy Friday night, Hometown Buffet monster and I headed into Pico-Union for a taco adventure to El Parian, a deep, dark, soot-encrusted brick storefront on Pico Blvd. I was super excited to finally devour one of El Parian's infamous carne asada tacos. But before we could even enjoy these tacos, we were taken back by how much the tacos were going for. When Bandini went to El Parian last year, his taco's were $2.25. They are now a whopping $2.75!
El Parian's jumbo carne asada tacos are seasoned and cooked to perfection. No wonder this is Bandini's only 5/5 taco joint so far. Their juicy chunks of sizzling pieces of carne asada on homemade tortillas are what I have been dreaming about all these taco nights. Definitely my favorite carne asada so far and worth the $2.75.
Since El Parian only offers carne asada, carnitas, and birria (goat) tacos, I also ordered a carnitas taco. I wish I didn't. It wasn't horrible, but there was nothing great about their carnitas. I'd skip their carnitas if I were you, well, unless you want to chew on something that reminds you of dried squid or carpet. Mmmm carpet.
D, being the adventurous one, ordered a birria taco. Stewed goat anyone? D sat back and enjoyed his sweet, yet mild and tender goat taco. They've got great texture on their birria...dang.
El Parian will continue to hold high ranks with their carne asada and birria in this city infested with taco trucks and taquerias. The only thing keeping this place from being perfect are some fresh tortilla chips and a salsa bar.
1528 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles Ca 90015