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Cielito Lindo

Restaurants, Mexican Downtown
4 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
taquitos, cielito lindo, olvera street, mexican food
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Follow the smell of taquitos muy auténticos at this LA institution on historic Olvera Street. The tiny stand has been serving freshly stuffed, rolled and fried taquitos since 1934, enough to earn its street cred title of "world famous." The thing to order is obviously taquitos, though there are also burritos and chile relleno, which come smothered in guacamole sauce and optional beans and cheese.


Venue name: Cielito Lindo
Address: 23 Olvera St
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 9am-11pm, Fri-Sun 9am-midnight
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This stand has been around since the 1930's and is considered an L.A. institution. I've seen the block long lines every time I drove or walked by. Finally one day I decided to stop and give it a try.

With taquitos, for me, it's all about the crunch. I was hesitant to eat them dipped in sauce. However, if you eat them soon enough after ordering, you get some crunch but would gladly exchange some crunch for that perfectly seasoned avocado sauce. This salsa is smooth as silk, a beautiful green color and has the right balance of heat and acidity.

Since I took my order to go, upon eating them, I immediately regretted not getting more.