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The Find: Get in line at La Cocina del Camaguey

April 10, 2011 |  6:00 am

Now this is the kind of fast food I can get behind.

Our "find" of the week is La Cocina del Camaguey which is pretty much the definition of a hole-in-the wall. They are a cash only, takeout only kind of joint, located in the back of the El Camaguey Meat Market on Venice Boulevard in Los Angeles. Let Bill Esparza fill you in on the details:

"...regulars line up for affordable, soulful Caribbean dishes such as arroz con pollo (rice with chicken), rabo encendido (braised oxtail) or mofongo (mashed plantains and cracklings).

La Cocina del Camaguey has been building a loyal customer base with its specials of the day: a savory beef picadillo (ground beef in a stew of tomatoes and peppers) or camarones al ajillo (garlic shrimp) accompanied by smoky herbal rice and beans served separately, or mixed together in the theologically integrated moros y cristianos (Moors and Christians). At $5.99, it's one of the best deals in town."

Read the rest of Bill's review here. And if you check out La Cocina, report back and tell us what you thought of it.


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Some of the appetizers on the menu at La Cocina del Camaguey. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)