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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Las Anitas (Olvera St.)

Las Anitas
W-26 Olvera St.
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 623-1153
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Went to Olvera St. a couple months ago with a friend who wanted me to try out his favorite Mexican restaurant. Well, it happened to be closed that day, so we ended up going to Las Anitas instead. In fact it was Ash Wednesday when we went and Olvera St. seemed almost deserted. We found out later Cardinal Mahoney was in town so that might explain where all the people were.

Las Anitas - Exterior

Las Anitas is built into what I believe used to be an Italian restaurant so some of the Italian decor remains. You have to walk down a few brick steps into the interior which is at basement level compared with the main part of Olvera Street.

Las Anitas - Interior

Since this was during the period of Lent the restaurant was focusing on seafood dishes. I tried a dish that was basically shrimp blended up and fried into little patties. Not bad but not totally up my alley but I didn't mind trying it.

Las Anitas - Shrimp Dish

My friend got a very standard enchilada platter with rice and beans:

Las Anitas - Enchilada Dish

I finished off my meal with a very rustic bread pudding.

Las Anitas - Bread Pudding

Great place for very home-style Mexican cooking. While the shrimp dish I had wasn't exactly my thing I don't hold that against Las Anitas and will be back to try more of their dishes . . . after I try the place that was closed that day.

(Mexican restaurant.)