Man v. Food Adventure Update: El Tepeyac Cafe in #LosAngeles

Another Man v. Food update already?  Yup!  I managed to get to the elusive third MvF location in Los Angeles (after years of visiting the city) when I was in town for Anime Los Angeles a few weeks ago: El Tepeyac.

This place was totally East L.A. – and that added to the vibe of the restaurant.  It’s a small place, but the food and servings were HUGE.  I ordered the food challenge burrito and, as you can see from the picture above, I failed miserably.  Here’s a photo of me BEFORE when I still held some optimism. 

Taste-wise: the burrito delivered.  Tender meat.  Fresh veggies.  Cheesy cheese.  A LOT of rice.  I just couldn’t get through it during lunch.  (My friend Marlan was with me and got a better pic.  Note the couple behind me in his photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/BPzgx-NF_ep/?taken-by=hiliminarious)

With that, here’s the newly updated list:

ATLANTA, GA (3)
1. Big Pie in the Sky.  Challenge not attempted because it is a 2-person challenge and Joey “wasn’t feeling well”.
2. Gladys Knights and Ron Winan’s Chicken & Waffles.  Not sure how much longer this place will be open, but it was awesome.
3. The Vortex Bar & Grill.

AUSTIN, TX (3)
1. Juan in a Million.  Challenge not attempted.  Just wanted breakfast that morning and not an adventure.
2. Round Rock Donuts.
3. Salt Lick BBQ.

CHICAGO, IL (2)
1. Al’s Italian Beef.
2. Gino’s East.

CLEVELAND, OH (1)
1. Melt Bar & Grilled.  Challenged attempted and failed.  So many french fries…

COLUMBUS, OH (2)
1. Schmidt’s Sausage Haus.
2. Thurman Cafe.
NOTE: The third location burned to the ground right before my first visit to Columbus, and it’s unknown if it will ever return… so no challenge.

DALLAS, TX (1)
1. Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse.

DENVER, CO (2)
1. Buckhorn Exchange.
2. Jack-N-Grill.  Challenge attempted and failed.  Had a flight in a couple hours after the visit and I didn’t want to push my luck.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (3)
1. Edward’s Drive-In.
2. Gray Brothers Cafeteria.
3. Bub’s Burgers & Ice Cream.  Challenge attempted and completed.  A photo of me exists on their wall.

KNOXVILLE, TN (1)
1. Sweet P’s BBQ.  Challenge not attempted.  We were on the road, and I wasn’t going to sit with that much food in my stomach for the next few hours.

LAS VEGAS, NV (2)
1. Hot N Juicy Crawfish.
2. NASCAR Cafe at Sahara Hotel & Casino.  Challenge attempted and failed.  Location now closed.

LOS ANGELES, CA (2)
1. El Tepeyac.
2. Philippe The Original.
2. Orochon Ramen.  Didn’t attempt the challenge since my friend Eric was allegedly going to do so while we were there. He chickened out (got smart?) at the last moment and ordered something else.

MIAMI, FL (3)
1. Joe’s Stone Crab.
2. La Moon.
3. Shula’s Steak House (The Alexander Hotel).  Challenge attempted and completed.  My name is on a wall there somewhere.

NEW ORLEANS, LA (1)
1. Deanie’s Seafood.

PORTLAND, OR (3)
1. Salvador Molly’s.  Challenge attempted and completed.  My wife even filmed it.
2. Stepping Stone Cafe.
3. Voodoo Doughnut.

RICHMOND, VA (1)
1. Buz & Ned’s Real BBQ.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (1)
1. Ike’s Place.

SAN DIEGO, CA (1)
1. Phil’s BBQ

SARASOTA, FL (1)
1. Old Salty Dog.

TOTAL COUNT: 34

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