Monday, December 17, 2012

Bar Ama (Los Angeles - Downtown)


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Signage.




Cocktail list.



Ama Old-Fashioned.



Cerveza.



Alice's Cooler.



Puffy Tacos - The signature dish here.



Carne Guisada Puffy Taco with hierba santa sauce.



As much as I love the chef's signature dishes, I especially enjoy the small plates, appetizers and sides.



Crispy sunchoke & pickled potatoes - just your everyday potato salad with grapefruit segments.  Huh?  Yup, but it's really good.



What did you expect from a Tex-Mex restaurant? 



Cauliflower and Cilantro Pesto - Delicious.  Even more so, with the addition of...



..."Busdriver" Sauce.  It is a vinegar based hot sauce composed of 5 different chiles.  It was rather mild with a bit of smoke.  The acid from the vinegar was on the money but I wish the heat was cranked up a bit.  They intend on selling this stuff.  I'd grab a bottle.



How did they become favorites?  They had just opened their doors to the public half an hour before we showed up!  I kid.  



Chalupa - Our least favorite dish of the night.  It reminds me of something I put together at home when there is nothing substantial to eat.  I'd recommend passing up this dish.


   
The Nacho.



Queso Fundido with added chorizo.  They also have a really good looking guacamole if this chip n dip combination is too heavy for you.



A portion of the bar.



Puffy Taco #2 - Shrimp Smoked with jalapeƱo cream.



Brandy Alejandro.



Table setting.



Dessert Menu.



Chocolate Rice Pudding. 



More food.



They have menudo on weekends (how Mexican of them) so I'll be sure to return to try that out.  


 

As much as I liked this restaurant, I still like Baco Mercat better.  Either way, you can't go wrong.

  

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