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Published August 08, 2012

Shell Game
Tacos and Popsicles on Sunset

Tacos.

There’s meat. There’s cheese. There’s... lettuce.

Or...

There’s pork belly and caramelized bananas. Served with popsicles to dip in beer. Inside a janitor’s closet. In Silver Lake.

You guessed it: we’re going to talk about the latter...

Say buenos días to Diablo, a curious new cafeteria of imaginative tacos and even more imaginative ways to mess with a beer, now open on Sunset Boulevard.

This is a quick, easy, order-at-the-counter kind of spot, good for a Saturday fuel-up before the Thirsty Crow... and better for a Sunday noon-ish recovery meal. So first you’ll order some out-there tacos—they’re filled with everything from maple fried chicken to beef cheek to that pork belly and caramelized banana number we mentioned earlier.

As for the beers, they’ve got a couple dozen mostly local brews—which you can upgrade to their version of a Michelada. Which means, basically, you get flavored popsicles to dip in your beer. First time for everything. Go with it.

The room is big and low-ceilinged, lots of brick and chalk (the menu’s all over the walls), with a long table down the middle in case you’ve come with the entire Thirsty Crow clientele. Or you could book the secret “Janitor’s Closet”—it’s a tiny private room, seats about six, and there’s a PBR tap right there in the wall.

Like all good janitor’s closets have.
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