Downtown L.A.’s Mexicali Taco is open for lunch and dinner, but I’m a big fan of the lunch deals. For WAY under $10, I get a garlicky vampiro (photos below), taco and drink. The crispy cachetada is a GREAT hangover meal, on it’s own or with a fried egg on top. Trust me, I’ve tested it out!
Jonathan Gold wrote:
But like everybody else who visits Mexicali Taco & Co., I am obsessed with the vampiros, rather larger flour tortillas folded over chorizo, chicken or carne asada, maybe all three, as well as a squirt or two of garlic sauce and what can technically be described as a boatload of gooey, stretchy melted Mexican cheese. (A vampiro is supposedly a creature of Sinaloa, although I’ve seen them in Guadalajara and they are apparently endemic in northern Baja at the moment. I refuse to take sides.) Think of a CPK-size pizza folded in half, only a million times better. A folded pizza you can have with giant grilled guero chiles — chiles dusted with dried chiles! — if such is your pleasure. Or really, about a pint of that taqueria guacamole. ~ Read more at L.A. Times
Carne Asada Vampiro. GET EXTRA GARLIC SAUCE!
Cachetada: The classic tostada reinvented with choice of meat and melted Mexican cheese, topped with a savory aioli chipotle sauce.
Cachetada con Huevo. HANGOVER HELPER.
Dinner is great with a group of friends (and family). My brother Greg’s favorite is the MEATY Zuperman: A gigantic portion of all three meats & cheese sandwiched between two tasty haring tortillas.
Chorizo Nachos w special Salsa Raja. Ridiculously GOOD! I shared, but didn’t want to.
Gueros: Cantonese-Baja Style Peppers. At $1.50, a MUST ORDER every time.
All about Mexicali Taco & Co (they cater too!).
Make sure you wave hello to founders Esdras Ochoa & Javier Fregoso!
Mexicali Taco & Co.
702 N. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 613-0416
Located one block north of Sunset Blvd/Cesar Chavez Blvd, just north of downtown and west of Chinatown.
3 responses to “Mexicali Taco and Co.”
You’re one of my favorite food pornographers! Excellently luscious shots, Jo!
Ohhh lala! that Carne Asada Vampiro looks scrumptious
Love those cachetadas!! I gotta try those peppers.