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Posted by SuperWhite Guy on 08/03/2012
I live near the corner of Culver/Inglewood which has 3 distinct choices for Mexican food. El Abajeno has, hands down, the best carnitas I have ever had; Succulent, tender, juicy, and perfectly seasoned pork overflowing from your taco or burrito... That being said, I rarely stop in because their neighbor/rival Tacomiendo consistently beats them for flavor and value. However, if you're looking to sit down and enjoy a meal, this is your better bet. Ample seating and a cafeteria style system ensures a quick stop and a good meal. Definitely worth a try.
Posted by kelley on 10/28/2010
The Mexican food here is by far the real deal --and a deal it is. The Carnitas Tacos are soooo good --we can't stop even when we say "I can't eat another bite" Great Tamales, Beans, Rice. Great Homemade Soups. Might not be a fancy place but you will be back for the food and that's what counts.
Posted by Len on 05/29/2008
I have been eating here since mid 1960's when it first opened up as Vic's Market then expanded when El Abajeno opened as the restaurant next door. Yes! There is a security guard outside, but don't misunderstand that! The security guard is to keep the small parking lot from being used by patrons of the other nearby stores. The atmosphere is authentic, the people friendly and bi-lingual. This is cafeteria style, where you have steam tables and the food is prepared in front of you as you select what you want and walk along the display. Glass partitions lets you see what you want, and point to your selection. No small window on a wall with the food prepared hidden in another room. Move your tray along and ask for the rice drink called "horchata." Drink it, don't use the straw or you will get rice powder settling on the bottom. An authentic Mexican drink. This is not Taco Bell nor is it El Torito for gringos. It is Mexican food at it's best. No need to travel south of the border on expensive trips for authentic food. The line is sometimes long, but then again it runs smoothly and quickly. There is a reason for the line.... where else can you get authentic Mexican food like this for so little expense, except to travel to Mexico. Try the El Abajeno carnitas burrito or the #12 carnitas taquitos dinner. There is no fat in this meat, just lean shredded pork meat. Heck come back and try it all. I do ! You won't regret it and you'll end up telling friends.