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Posted by Los Angeles Transplant on 06/24/2014
I've had a lot of Mexican food before, including the purported best of Los Angeles. Chinellos II has quickly found itself to be uncontested by my standards. Chicken Quesadilla: open-faced thick tortilla--lightly grilled, a light base of melted cotija cheese, grilled chicken, lettuce, tomato. Filling, not greasy. Taco Al Pastor: one of the most delicious marinated pork street-style tacos, two regular soft tortillas, thick and generous meat, onions, cilantro. Again, not greasy, which is atypical. Taco Carne Asada: same as the Al Pastor, but less flavor because it is straight la parrilla (grilled), not commonly marinated. A red and green (tomatillo) salsa accompanies the meal. Both are incredibly well-made. Neither are over-spiced or too hot. The red salsa resembles a salsa de chile de arbol, but the flavor is balanced and retains a tomato taste, without the slightly bitter/alkaloid taste of the pepper being prepared quemada. The green salsa is slightly sweet and very tangy, which is on target. The restaurant shares the unit with a small co-owned grocery. The staff is considerate and wouldn't let me pay until I finished my meal. I will be coming back and likely referring interested friends. This restaurant has exceeded my expectations, not like El Aguila, but that's another conversation for another time.
Posted by Say It How It Taste. on 09/10/2012
I have only ordered twice so far by. The first time I had a chicken quesadillas which was very good and filling. The second (today) I had the chilaquiles with chicken. It was delicious and spicy. Portion was big. Customer service was pleasant both times. I haven't had anything else on the menu, do wish their menu had more selections. ie mole, tamales. I had only delivered. Haven't gone their to dine.