Saturday, May 12, 2012

Mexicali Taco & Co. (Los Angeles)

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Signage. 

I finally made it out here!  I'm so glad I did too.  The food was just as delicious as I remembered from their previous outposts.  I'm glad I now have the option to get some good Mexicali eats during the day and not just after a drinking binge late at night on a weekend.  Still, it's a shame that I live 10 miles away.  If I lived closer, I'd be a regular and throw further support behind this business.  But they'll prosper with or without me.  The food is just that good!  The fellas behind the food are Esdras and Javier, two of the nicest, most upstanding humble guys I have ever had the pleasure to meet.  They deserve every bit of hard-earned success that comes their way.


 
No surprise here.  



Agua de Cebada (Barley) & Horchata.  This was my first time drinking cebada but it won't be my last.   I liked it more than I thought I would.  Horchata still reigns supreme in my book though.



    That's right; just a half-dozen "dishes."  The only newcomer from their taco-stand days nights are the Nachos - which I have yet to try.



Their most beloved item is the Vampiro - essentially a quesadilla with added flair from a garlic sauce.  I like mine with Chorizo but you can opt for carne asada, chicken or try a vegetarian option.  In regards to going meat-free...well, like Chris Rock says, "I'm not saying it's right, but I understand!"



Mexicali Carne Asada Taco - When they hand it to you, it looks rather drab as it is just a plain 'ole tortilla with meat.  However, they don't skimp out on the meat and it's the grilling of this meat that perfumes the entire restaurant.  Once you are handed the taco, you can dress it a million which ways at the salsa bar.



The salsa bar has a few salsas of varying heat to choose from - including an avocado based one.  To round out the salsa bar, they also have pico de gallo, limes, radishes and pickled onions to dress your food with.



 Every order comes with a small side of frijoles de la olla and charred green onions.  Here they are dwarfed by the Zuperman - a zuper quesadilla stuffed with chorizo, asada & chicken.


  
My favorite plate of food is the cachetada which comes sauced with chipotle aioli.  Again, you have the option of meat topping (carne asada shown here).  But once you do that, do yourself a favor and get it...  



...Ranchero Style.



And be sure to get it with Chorizo rather than Carne Asada.  This dish is a must-have each and every single visit here. 


 
On my Cinco de Mayo visit, The Churro Borough of LA was in the house slanging Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches.  Freshly made, these lil suckers made for the perfect dessert.   



 Spicy Mexican Hot Chocolate Ice Cream Churro Sandwich.



   Horchata Ice Cream Churro Sandwich.

 

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