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Mixed Grill

June 13, 2002

The heartiest platter for the meat lover.

Carlitos Gardel: This Argentine bistro serves its mixed grill on a brazier filled with hot coals. It's skirt steak, short ribs, Argentine sausage (like a mild Italian sausage), blood sausage and sweetbreads, with mashed potatoes or garlic French fries on the side. (Mixed grill, $32.90.) Carlitos Gardel, 7963 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, (323) 655-0891.

Pampas Grill: The Brazilian churrasco here includes skewered lamb, garlicky sirloin cap, bacon-wrapped chicken breast and Brazilian pork sausage, to name just a few. At the buffet-salad bar you can choose from more than 20 items, including collard greens, black beans, fried yuca (a starchy root) and hearts of palm salad. (Churrasco, $6.95 per pound; average plate is 1 to 1 1/2 pounds.) Pampas Grill, Farmers Market, Stall 618, 6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, (323) 931-1928.

Gaucho Grill: This chain offers a mixed appetizer of short ribs, sweetbreads, Argentine sausage and black sausage. There's also a plato mixto entree: half a chicken, a skirt steak, short ribs, Argentine sausage, black sausage, sweetbreads, saffron rice and salad. (Mixed appetizer, $9.95; plato mixto, $28.95.) Gaucho Grill, many local branches.

Csardas: The "wooden plate" is heaped with deep-fried duck, a breaded veal cutlet, chicken breast and veal liver along with a grilled pork chop and Hungarian sausage. It comes with red cabbage sprinkled with caraway seeds and sour Hungarian pickles. (Wooden plate, $30.) Csardas, 5820 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, (323) 962-6434.

Lala's: This generous mixed grill is two grilled Argentine sausages, sweetbreads, a New York steak, a skirt steak, half a chicken and, for a little roughage, mixed green salad. (Mixed grill, $26.95.) Lala's, 7229 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 934-6838; 11935 Ventura, Studio City, (818) 623-4477.

Lou's Oak Oven Barbecue: The "Early California plate" is linguica sausage, tri-tip, a quarter chicken and a choice of pinquito beans, salad, coleslaw or soup. It also includes garlic bread and a chocolate chip cookie. (Early California plate, $12.49.) Lou's Oak Oven Barbecue, 21501 Brookhurst St., Huntington Beach, (714) 965-5200.

Jessica Strand

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