Casa Diaz carnitas tacos. Photo courtesy of The Great Taco Hunt.
A few days ago, I asked y'all to help me get outta my dining rut. Between your comments and a perusual of my fellow LA foodbloggers, I've got a list of low-end, east-ish, new-to-me joints to get me started. The goal? Trying at least one of these every couple weeks until the list runs out. I'll keep ya updated on the progress, and if you have places for me to add, please list them in the comments.
The striver that I am, I've already crossed one of the list: Casa Diaz, a taco spot down the street. While the James Beard awarded two-blocks-away Yuca's is my standby, the Great Taco Hunt has convinced me to expand my horizons. Like Yuca's, Casa Diaz has a jolly matron to take your orders. Unlike Yuca's, the menu here includes fried bananas with black beans and sour cream--a dish I can't refuse--as well as agua frescas like tamarindo. A generous plate of the fried fruits, plus two carnitas tacos, only $1.25 each, drizzled with a spicy red salsa and thin avocado sauce, made my Saturday afternoon quite sunny.
The 2007 Erin's Kitchen Cheap To-Eat List (in no particular order)
Angeli Caffe (thx, Gastronomy 101)
Annapurna (thx, Kalyn's Kitchen--it's not east, but she's not a local, so it counts)
China Islamic (thx, Chez Shoes)
El Huarache Azteca (thx, Chez Shoes)
Golden Deli (thx, Anon)
Gueleguetza (via myself)
Halal Tandoori (via Eating LA)
La Curva (via Foodie Universe)
Los Balcones de Peru (via All Kinds of Yum)
Noshi Sushi (thx, Rachael)
Paris Baguette (via LA Ritz)
Soot Bull Jeep (via Colleen Cuisine)
Zeke's Smokehouse (via Best of LA)