Boyle Heights: Menudo at Los Cinco Puntos
One morning, I found myself in Boyle Heights in search of menudo. I had seen a photo of a gorgeous bowl and knew I had to try it myself.
The search led me to Los Cinco Puntos (also known as Los 5 Puntos).
It’s a neighborhood corner store that also has a food counter. You can also get masa to go if you want to make your own tortillas, tamales, pupusas and such.
Menudo is only served on weekends. Otherwise the menu have standard classics like tacos, burritos and burgers.
Although the soup came with tortillas, I also wanted to try a couple of tacos on the handmade tortillas. I got the carne asada and carnitas. I had heard the carnitas were great and they were. But I felt sad about the carne asada. The carne was gray and no amount of salsa and avocado sauce made up for the lack of taste. I’m getting on carnitas next time which was tender and so good. The workers will ask you what salsas you want and when I saw they also had nopales (cactus salad), I got that too. The cactus was wonderful.
My friend had a breakfast burrito with chorizo in addition to the eggs. It’s massive so plan to share everything in a low-key brunch. There’s limited seating inside so you might find yourself out on the sidewalk sharing a table with other hungry diners.
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