Once an obscure meal made from skirt meat known to mostly butchers and Mexican vaqueros back in the 1930s, fajitas gained public notoriety in 1969 thanks to Sonny Falcon and his fajita taco stand at a week-long outdoor festival in Texas. The dish became so popular, Sonny was dubbed "The Fajita King" by an Austin reporter. Since then, fajitas have made their way into almost every Mexican restaurant this side of the border. From tender chicken and beef to carnitas and jumbo shrimp, this mouth-watering entrée served sizzling on a hot platter with tortillas and condiments served on the side is still a Tex-Mex cuisine favorite of today's generation. If you suddenly find yourself in the mood for this sizzling dish, here are Los Angeles five restaurants worth a visit.
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Salsa and Beer
11619 Sherman Way
North Hollywood, CA 91607
This valley establishment is well known for its wide variety of Mexican beer and endless salsa bar, but the fajitas are just as famous. Listed under Sizzling Famous Fajitas, this enticing entrée is served with tender onions, zucchini, bell peppers, rice, beans, pico de gallo, guacamole and tortillas. Whether you choose to tackle the chicken/beef/shrimp combo or bump your fajita up a few notches to Guadalajara spicy, you'll ask yourself why the place isn't called Salsa and Beer and Fajitas?
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4000 S Centinela Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Casa Sanchez is a classic dining experience that the whole family can enjoy. The traditional décor, original paintings and mariachi band to entertain while you dine makes every diner feel they've been transported south of the border. The fajitas, with chicken or steak marinated and pan-fried in gold tequila (Flameadas), are hearty and tender and only made better when accompanied by one of Casa Sanchez's exclusive cocktails. Pair each bite with a fork full of rice and beans for the ultimate combination of tastes.
636 S Venice Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
Aside from giving us Cinco de Mayo, the French occupancy in Mexico also shaped the way food was made for a time. While the French may be long gone, Tlapazola Grill offers a unique fusion of southern Mexico cuisine with French influences. This nouvelle-type restaurant puts a slight spin on the cultural staples many have come to know. The chicken, beef, shrimp or combo fajitas will leave you quite satisfied. The key ingredient in this mix is garlic, a flavor rarely seen in a fajita dish. Accompanying the secret ingredient are onions, chile pasilla, tomatoes and a side of green rice. Green rice? You read it right.
Kristine G. Bottone is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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