Monday, August 4, 2008

Lennoxico tour w/pics

The Latino Inner City paradise, Lennox,CA!

Ever been to Lennox? I've stopped there over the years wandering back from LAX looking for restaurants and had eaten at a few spots, surprised at the dense Latino population that has grown there over the years, mostly Mexican and Central-American.

The stretch of Inglewood Ave. between Century Bl. and 111th St. is a residential neighborhood zoned for business, so there are houses that have been converted to restaurants and other Latino owned businesses. I took the metro red, blue, and green to the Hawthorne station for a little taste of Lennoxico.

Lennox Pollo is a serious pollos rostizados joint, and although I didn't eat there, the chicken looked and smelled wonderful.

La Feria reminds me of a tourist restaurant in Mexico, with a menu all over the map with seafood to carnes. Caldo michi, cocteles, pescado zarandeado, carne asada a la Tampiquena, and Southwestern fajitas, nachos, and combo plates.Mariachis regularly perform at this family restaurant with a nice ambience.This place could be in the Zona Dorada in Mazatlan! It's a place for the locals to celebrate birthdays,etc.Didn't dine here either, but it was nice to see this type of place, very oddly located on Inglewood Bl, in LA.

Don Rogelio's Tex Mex restaurant has been on my list for a while.An authentic Tex Mex place in LA not affliated with a ridiculous chain, or some other poor version of the substantial Tex-Mex cuisine. Don Rogelio's sits about 50 yards back from the street amidst a few vibrantly colored country houses, a little bit of Los Olivos in Lennox, despite the planes flying over every 5 minutes.Yes, Don Rogelio's is in a flight path. What caught my eye this day was the fabulous looking and smelling cocido being prepared. When cocido is done right it might be the only thing on the menu for me, when done wrong it's just a tedious beef stew, an irksome addition to the card. Don Rogelio's cocido is beautiful.

Don Rogelio's
Dine in Don Rogelio's country garden, surrounded by a Latino candle shop, barber shop, market, and fountains with cords running along the grass.
The cocido has huge Texas sized vegetables and tasted delicious.Along with some tortillas and the chorus of low flying planes, pure heaven on Earth.Their menu has barbacoa,lengua chile verde, enchiladas, Tex-Mex menudo, Southwestern mole, caldo de pollo, and guisados, to name a few.All recipes are from la senora, a true Tex-Mex transplant to Lennox.

Mariscos Chente is run by a family from Los Mochis specializing in Sinaloan seafood. I enjoyed a nice taco de marlin here, and will be back armed with a 6-pack of Pacifico's.

I had some good food here a few years ago at Angelica's homey little joint, which is like a comida economica with Mexican and Salvadorean antojitos and platos.

There are other places to eat, street vendors, and a panoply of beauty salons located in people's houses.

These restaurants are great, the kind that I wish were in my neighborhood. I can't wait to get back to try some more of Mariscos Chente, Lennox Pollo, and Don Rogelio's. I love LA.


chicanaskies said...

Interesting to see a blogger make it out to this neighborhood. I grew up in Inglewood not too far from Lennox. Lennox Pollo is the absolute shiznit!!!

streetgourmetla said...

The shiznit it is.Best rostizados in town.I got a friend from Beverly Hills that drives down every week for her chicken fix.