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Recession Obsession: Oinkin' Tacos Downtown

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A Taco That Can Hear Your Appetite | Pig Ear Taco
A Recession Obsession is, 1) a meal so great that it sticks in your mind long after digestion's end, and, 2) plays nice with your sensitive wallet. Is there a better place than Los Angeles to eat a wide variety of amazing food that so happens to be inexpensive? Probably not. We're as lucky as we are well fed. We last obsessed over Rainy Day Ramen, and LA's Most Famous Hot Dog. Today, we obsess...

Downtown LA’s Grand Central Market is a Recession Obsession institution. If you’ve never been, grab a crisp five dollar bill, and you’ll purchase a great meal. Grab a crisp ten dollar bill and you’ll find that nirvana known as Food Coma.

Today’s five dollar bill should be spent either, by a Grand Central Market veteran (there are many -- it's been open for about a hundred years,) or, someone who really loves and appreciates pig. Any part of the pig, really, other than fingernails. (Though, if grilled correctly, with some salsa roja, those could be good.)

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The Grand Central Market’s Las Morelianas stall is LAist’s latest Recession Obsession.

Bird Is Not The Word

Las Morelianas has a simple, yet long menu. Basically, they have three things: tacos ($2.50,) tortas ($4.00,) and burritos ($5.00.) Those three things come in many meaty combinations --

costilla (ribs), cueritos (skin), lengua (tongue), lomo, espaldilla (pork), corazon (heart), higado (livers), rinon (kidney), trompa (snout), orejas (ears), patitas (feet), buche, tripas (tripe), pierna (ham)

See. And it’s rare that you can use an sports analogy on a taco. One might refer to a basketball player as having a lot of heart. And here, you can refer to a taco as having a lot of heart. (As well as, a lot of snout.)

Don’t worry. This isn’t a Halloween House of Horrors. The food isn't gimmicky or for shock value. These guys know what they’re doing and they don’t skimp on the portions.

Try a new-to-you juicy pig-part. Odds are you’ll appreciate it as the flavor inexpensively echoes through your sinuses.

Look for Las Morelianas at the Broadway entrance to The Market.

Photos by Caleb Bacon (Twitter) for LAist

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