In the heart of the Eastside you’ll find a popular eatery that is the favorite of many, Tamales Liliana’s. Beloved by current residents and remembered fondly by those that have moved out of East Los, it’s mostly famous for (take a wild guess!) the Tamales, which are decent but overrated. People like them mostly because they know they can just buy a few dozen during the xmas season instead of taking the time to make ’em at home, bola de flojos. And in that same category of adequate you find their take on Huevos Rancheros, a plate full of sustenance covered in a surprising green sauce. The tartness of the tomatillos and the absentee spicy heat make this innovation less interesting, and if you consider the overcooked eggs and non-fried tortilla, it’s even more so!
Now that I really think it thru, it’s a forgettable dish. And I plan to forever forget these HR’s as Lilliana’s has a dish I do enjoy, their Huevos Divorciados: two eggs in different sauces, separated by some tasty chilaquiles in a nice red sauce, with an added good-but-just-okay tamal de rajas, ‘ta bien! At just $4.25, it’s no wonder this place is packed on weekends. Be warned: since they’ll be coming in their big ass SUV’s to get that nostalgia fix, the fucked up design of the new parking lot is gonna get on your nerves just as much as the middle-class chicanos driving ’em! Provecho!
4629 E Cesar E Chavez Ave 323.780.0989