Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Baco vs. Sope at Opus and La Cabanita

On Tuesday nights, Opus serves bacos (bread + taco, I believe). They're large grilled flatbreads, $8 each, and topped with your choice of: pork belly and short rib carnitas with salbixtada; market fish with pickled red cabbage and garlic-chive dressing; spiced tofu baco with napa cabbage salad and avocado; or pork meatball and chorizo baco with caraway-pepper sauce and smoked jalapeno.

Every night of the week, La Cabanita in Montrose serves a special sope (fried, thick corn flour disc) dish--you get three sopes, one with sweet spiced ground beef, one with chicken and one with pork.

J and I noshed at La Cabanita on Friday, Opus on Tuesday, and I can't help but compare these similar dishes.

Opus and the Bacos

  • Bang for your buck--the bacos are huge and piled high with goodies.
  • Pork in all its glory--J and I ordered both the pork meatball and the pork belly bacos and we were in hog heaven.
  • Cocktails--you can enjoy your baco while sipping a Gingered Jamie--Jameson and ginger beer.
  • Delusions of grandeur--the word baco is trademarked on the menu. Huh?
  • Flowery menu descriptions--the sauces don't quite live up to the detailed descriptions. In fact the sauces on the pork belly and the pork meatball tasted fairly similar to me.
  • Wacky service--I always enjoy the food at Opus, but other than my very first visit, the service has always been strange. Not rude or bad, but awkward.
La Cabinita and the Sopes

  • Cheese-The sopes are strewn with yummy queso. The bacos are cheeseless.
  • Sweet meat-I love the raisins in the ground beef.
  • Cocktails--Can't go wrong with a La Cabanita house margarita
  • Snacks to start--the homemade tortilla chips and smoky salsa disappeared quickly.
  • Price--At around $11 these are more expensive than the bacos.
  • Slow service--It took quite awhile for our 2nd margaritas to arrive.
While Opus is a foodie darling, and I've sung its praises before, I'm gonna have to go with La Cabanita's sopes for this round. This time, simple and homey wins.

3760 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010

La Cabanita
3447 N Verdugo Rd
Montrose, CA


Anonymous said...

Yay! La Cabanita wins! haha

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