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Manny’s El Loco – A Tasty Success Story!
by Bill Coburn
The Original Manny’s El Loco Fast Food Restaurant was opened in 1971, and has expanded since then to four locations, in Los Angeles on N. Mission Road, in East L.A. on E. Pomona Blvd., in West Covina on Glendora Ave, and the location we visited, which is at 845 W. Cypress St. (626) 339-6025. Manny Ramos, owner of Manny’s El Loco, grew up near Ford and Floaral in East Los Angeles. Manny got his start cooking long before the first restaurant opened, cooking for his mother. She’d say “Make me this” and as Manny recalls, it was always on the money when he was done in the kitchen.
Manny says his secret is to use fresh ingredients, from the freshly diced tomatoes in his salsa, to freshly peeled potatoes for the French fries. “We use seven kinds of meat for the Mexican menus, which is why the food tastes so special.” Another secret is to make sure the food is good and the service is fast, so that people on a lunch hour, or on a tight schedule, don’t have to wait.
I can vouch for the service being fast, and the food being fresh, and good. I stopped by with my wife and son last night for dinner. I tried the hard taco, which consisted of delicious, lean shredded beef, fresh, crisp lettuce, and a lot of shredded cheese, on a freshly cooked corn tortilla. The tacos do come with tomatoes, too, but I didn’t want them on mine. These are not lightweight tacos, I noticed as soon as I picked it up, it was heavy. This was a lot of food. There are major chain fast food stores where I can eat half a dozen tacos (or more on a good day), but I could never do that at Manny’s. Two, I think, maybe three, and I’d be full. There’s that much to one of their tacos.
I also had a machaca burrito, my first one ever…yes, I’m trying new foods, and that’s not like me. The machaca burrito at Manny’s is a flour tortilla, filled with shredded beef, scrambled eggs, tomatoes (not on mine, of course), refried beans, cheese and hot chiles. This was heavy too, and I really enjoyed it. I also had some of those freshly peeled French fried potatoes. It was a very satisfying meal.
Katie had the pastrami sandwich. It’s interesting that even though most of the menu is Mexican food, the shirts that all the employees wear speak of the great pastrami sandwiches, as well as the Mexican items, with the pastrami listed first. The roll was overflowing with lean pastrami, which Katie described as very good, with the pastrami itself being very flavorful, unlike some places where the pastrami is kind of blah. (Is that how you spell blah?) Anyway, she enjoyed the sandwich, but she did note that there was a lot of mustard on the roll (which she likes anyway), but a word of warning to those of you who like your mustard light, ask for it that way, or even on the side, so you can make sure to get just the mustard you want.
Keelan had a chili cheese dog. He said it was good, but he felt they put too much cheese on. Well, personally, I don’t know that you can put too much cheese on a chili cheese dog. In any event, it was a good sized dog, and he enjoyed his meal, as well.
Manny’s has a wide selection of burritos, fifteen in all, ranging from the El Loco Burrito – a chile relleno with refried beans, steak picado, and homemade avocado sauce, to carnitas burrito, steak picado burrito, carne asada burrito, fajita burrito, chicken, even tongue. My plan next time is to try the Al Pastor Burrito, which is marinated pork meat with grilled onioins, refried beans, and Manny’s special chile hot sauce on a flour tortilla.
They also have nine kinds of tacos, quesadillas, and tostadas. They have torta sandwiches as well as pastrami, burgers, hot dogs, a kids menu, and a “Loco Bowl” which has whole beans, rice, fresh salsa and your choice of meat.
You can find the menu, along with the address and phone number, and store hours for the Covina store at www.sangabrielvalleymenus.com/mannysellococovina.htm and the West Covina store is at www.sangabrielvalleymenus.com/mannysellocowestcovina.htm. The other two stores aren’t in the San Gabriel Valley, so their menus aren’t there. A word of warning, though, when we were there, we were told that some of the menu items prices are changing, so until we receive the new menu, and get it posted (in the next couple weeks), you may find the prices just a little higher than what’s shown on the website. But even with the higher prices, I think you’ll still find The Original Manny’s El Loco Fast Food Restaurants a very good value.
Bill Coburn is owner of SanGabrielValleyMenus.com, a restaurant website featuring dozens of restaurant’s menus, as well as downloadable coupons. He has nearly 20 years experience in the restaurant business, and has been eating for much longer than that.
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