If you're in the mood for a skirt steak, there's only 2 places to go: either the Angus Steakhouse in Hollywood, or El Tamarindo on route 84.
I hadn't been here in almost 3 years, and it was pretty ratty throughout back then, but they've remodeled the place with black granite. There's still a lot of bad angles, but it's better than before. The bar is also a plausible option for dining alone.
El Tamarindo Interior
They have this seafood soup, Mariscada Soup that I was thinking about trying, but it's $19 so it's hardly a starter.
El Tamarindo Mariscada Soup
I was here for a skirt steak, so I ordered one up medium rare with rice and beans. I got an Iced Tea with lemon, which is always nice at a latin place.> They also dropped off some bread and a bowl of their crazy garlicky chimichurri sauce.jump-->
El Tamarindo Chimichurri Sauce
This, my friends, is the good stuff. You could dip an old shoe in this and it would taste good. I usually skip the bread, but not here. A runner dropped the steak off in less than 10 minutes.
El Tamarindo Charrasco
A pretty good haul for $14. The only slight disappointment was that they gave me red beans; there's no distinction on the menu as it just says "beans". I was expecting black beans. The skirt itself is pretty much unseasoned or marinated; it needed some salt. But some chimicurri on the plate and on top of the steak transformed this into exactly what I was hoping for. I polished off the entire thing in one sitting, along with the bread, beans and half of the rice. I also needed another bowl of chimichurri. No dinner for me tonight.
Service here wasn't as good as previously; it's pretty mechanical with servers running around with water pitchers and runners bringing out the food. The issue was that I didn't seem to have a specific server, so nobody checked on me for my entire time there. No refill on my iced tea, I had to go to another table to get salt, and I had to flag down a runner to get me more sauce. And when I was ready for my check, I had to flag down someone to ask for my check, despite an empty glass and plates. Again no refill was offered.
So you don't come here for service; you come here to eat. One of the better $20 lunches you can get in this town.