I found this gem roaming the sawdust floors of Grand Central Market in Downtown LA. It doesn't look like much, but this food stand has some of the best El Salvadorean food I've ever tasted.
Their specialty is the pupusa, an El Salvadorean pancake, that is made of either maize or arroz masa, cheese and a choice of filling. By far my favorite is the chicarrones, I've tried the carne asada and the queso but they don't come close to their chicarrones in terms of flavor.
Sarita's pupusas are made to order and come out piping hot. They're served with a spicy cabbage side. They've also got great fried plantains and other El Salvadorean dishes. Prices are good too.
It's hard to describe e3rd Steakhouse. It's located in the up-and-coming Arts District in Downtown LA, next to Blue Dahlia. It's not a traditional Steakhouse, it's more a modern lounge/bar/fusion restaurant. I'm assuming they identify themselves as a steakhouse because they do have steak on the menu and it is, arguably, their best dish.
I went to this place because they're the closest place within me with soup dumplings, the same dumplings at Din Tang Fun. The dumplings were good, the green onion pancake excellent, but their beef noodle soup was less than mediocre.
I was really offput by the teaspoon in the beef noodle spoon, the lack of a soup spoon (what?) and the hot tea served in a glass.
I may come back for the soup dumplings, but I'm knocking down a star for the bad service.
Usually, I hate K-joints and this is a K-joint, but I like it. Eugene is cool and he does magic with hair, especially cuts with thick hair. He doesn't do exactly what I ask him to do, but that may be a good thing. His English is good, I think he chooses not to listen to me.
Prices are reasonable, unless they've changed. It was around $25 for a haircut.
This is my go-to place when I want a stylish cut.
This is a familiar hole-in-the-wall El Salvadorean place. It's not the typical taco joint, personally I don't think you can get more authentic than this. While it's not my favorite, I do give kudos for an extensive menu of uncommon dishes and they do make some good dishes.
Of course, they have the famouse pupusa, either in maize or arroz masa. I tried the arroz pupusas and it was good but not as flavorful as Sarita's. Their camarrones pupusa, filled with diced, dried shrimps, was my favorite.
This is the closest animal hospital near me, so I've been going for decades. It used to be an old man who ran the place, but now it's a nice Persian lady.
They are horrible. What can I do? It depends on the help, which seem to change every year.
The last girl who cut my dog's nails had it dripping blood when she was done. :( She couldn't have been older than 25.
Prices are really cheap. That's the only good thing I can say.
I love this place. They do the massage right! I always get a pain in-between my shoulder blade and my arm. I always ask people to work on this area, and this is the only place that does it right. They get the kinks out.
They have the standard $15 foot massage, but I always get the $25 (somedays the $35) chair and foot massage combo.
Place gets packed on the weekends. As always they're pushy with tip and optional services, but I like this place more than others.
This place is nicer than most $15 foot massage places. They try to upsell you stuff but just be firm and say no. I like that they have options to the massage, like aromatherapy.
I've been coming here for a few years now. I like it, it's a lil-hole-in-wall. Kathy does a great job on partial highlights and color. Service is quick, definitely not a luxurious experience. However price is right and she gets the job done.
I'm not crazy about her set and style but that's just me.
Yay, my neighborhood finally got a $15 massage place, although there's tons of them in Rowland Heights and the rest of San Gabriel Valley.
This place is okay, it's usually packed. I skip the $15 massage and get their chair massage. I like it better and they work on the areas that I ask for.
The massage area is communal and the workers barely speak English, but that's why it's $15, right?