El Pedorrero

Best Auto-Repair Waiting Room, August 2008

Nobody chooses a mechanic for the cushy digs. Still, if we’re going to wait around for a new muffler, we’d rather do it in a setting that doesn’t conjure an outtake from Das Boot. While Longo Lexus provides a plasma-screen TV, free pastries, and computer use, we’d happily spend hours at El Pedorrero. Never mind that the name of the place means “farter” in Spanish. Here you can kick back in an antique barber chair, a race car seat, or on a vintage motorcycle, play a round of chess in a tin gazebo, or peruse the psychedelic assemblage of sculptures, toys, and found objects.