Review: Cilantro Grill

Cilantro Grill has a tiny little storefront attached to the Chevron gas station at the northwest corner of Sherman Way and entrances to the 170. Blink, and you’ll miss it.

Cilantro Grill – 7214 Whitsett Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91605  

Ordered: pork, chicken, beef tacos

Order Time: 35 minutes

Food quality, flavor, and quantity: great, great, on the large side. 2 tacos are a full meal.

Service: Tytron also waited for about 40 minutes at this place, but said it was packed, and the orders were moving out fairly quickly. He claims the employees were friendly and on point.

Pick Up/Dine in: Picked up

Cost: $2/taco

Verdict: Surprisingly great. They served a nice dry rub Mexican-style grilled chicken that I was particularly happy with. The beef was good. The pork was a little dry. Cilantro Grill serves good, fresh, nicely prepared, flavorful, and substantial tacos. It’s not the style of taco I’m looking to fill the El Toro void, but I wouldn’t hesitate to eat here again if I was in the area.

3/5 stars

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Follow the #tacopalypse journey here, as I co-opt this poor, forgotten booze blog with our ongoing quest to find Los Angeles’ best taco(s). 


Alcohol for Academia

GYDO fan and grad student says:

i would like some alcohol advice for someone who’s stopped drinking for the most part but is wrestling with racial imaginaries and the reductionist views of binary/hybridity discourse.”

I don’t know what that means, but while she professes to hardly drink, she surely wants and, yes, even needs to drink more. This is a cry for help.

Sounds like someone needs the drink of a scholar.

Continue reading “Alcohol for Academia”

Review: Los Burritos

Los Burritos5568 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

Tytron is angered by the disappointment of these terrible tacos.
Tytron is angered by the disappointment of these terrible tacos.

Ordered: carnitas and chicken tacos

Order Time: 40 minutes

Food quality, flavor, and quantity: Terrible, terrible, suitably sized.

Service: After waiting forty minutes, the employee informed Tytron they’d lost his order. He reordered, and the food was given to him several minutes later. There were four people in the restaurant.

Pick Up/Dine in: Picked up

Cost: $2/taco

Verdict: Literally the worst tacos we’ve ever had in LA. The meat was hard on the outside and dry inside. Poor first taco tasting. NO STARS.

1. Tacopalypse: A Journey of Grief, Redemption, and Tacos

Prologue – Closing Time

We were driving down Oxnard, heading onto the southbound 170 ramp, when I saw it:

The taco place. Our taco place: Tacos el Toro, my favorite tacos in a city of amazing tacos. Closed in the middle of the day, on a Saturday.

It was bad news, indeed. I sent Tytron to check it out, and he’s been by a couple times to find it still closed, our only clue a handwritten note on the door:

Closed today. Continue reading “1. Tacopalypse: A Journey of Grief, Redemption, and Tacos”