Manuel's Original El Tepeyac Cafe (Los Angeles, CA)
The scene: Until his recent passing, the patriarch of El T would greet each customer with a shot of tequila. The recklessly generous hospitality continues to this day in the form of the monumental Manuel's Special, which was originally conceived to feed Cal State linebackers. It's a 5lb monster packed with deep-fried pork shoulder stewed in onions, green chile, and tomatoes. Finish it and you'll earn a T-shirt, which you'll have to order a size up.
What you're eating: Manuel's Special (if you've got a crew), or the Original Hollenbeck with pork
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