The “Cuisine of the Americas” (Latin American and some Caribbean) in Larchmont.
The more I write this blog, the more I seem to use the words “neighborhood joint”. Guess I must think its pretty important if I keep mentioning it.
Prado specializes in Caribbean Cuisine, at least that’s what it says on its website. They used to say they specialized in the “Cuisine of the Americas”, which I think is far more accurate. You come here, and you’re can get something like Jamaican Tamales, straight ahead Enchiladas or Louisiana Crab Cakes, or something cooked in Black Pepper Sauce.
This is merely a discussion over branding. The fact of the matter is the what Prado does is delicious, and you need to go there.
The atmosphere is just lovely. Yes, it’s a neighborhood joint atmosphere, but it’s also the textbook definition of “warm” and “inviting”. The place has got only three rooms, not a huge number of tables, yet it is always busy, yet, oddly enough, never crowded. They move things at a nice, easy pace. The lights are low. It’s a great place for a date, and the Waiters know how to let you enjoy your meal. Its just a place you’ll want to go back to again and again.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: First thing, whatever you get…get it with Sangria. Life just goes better with Sangria. Personally, I had the Carioca Chicken, and I’ve had the Pollo Negro in the past. I have been with people who ordered the Louisiana Crab Cakes, which…despite how much they were enjoyed, I cannot abide, being that I am a Marylander.
So what if I can’t eat Crabcakes? I’m standing up for the State!
PARKING: Difficult, not impossible. You drive down Larchmont from Beverly, passing Prado on the left, about a block and a half on the right is a public lot. Now, if you manage to find yourself a space, grab it, then go buy yourself some lottery tickets, because you are one of the luckier sons of guns in this world. Still, despite this, always try the lot. You never know.
Failing that, there is another lot for a shopping complex across the street. I parked there once to go to Prado, and wasn’t caught. Not sure what the policy of that lot is, but you may want to chance it. If you don’t, there’s always parking on Larchmont itself. Now, I guarantee you’ll find a space on Larchmont, how far away it is from the Restaurant, on the other and, is another matter.
MAP & DIRECTIONS:
244 North Larchmont Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
Tel: (323) 467-3871
Monday-Friday: 11:30 am – 3:00 pm / 5:30 – 10:00 pm
Saturday: 4:30 – 10:30 pm
Sunday: 4:30 – 9:30 pm