The world has gone loco for Mexi morsels. The zingy-meets-comfort combo of avocado, lime, tacos, beans and corn are amped up with spicy salsa, with tempting tequila and mescal sealing the deal. And, you’ll find some of the finest Mexican food outside of Mexico in lucky Los Angeles. We run through some of the hottest newbies. ¡Viva Méjico-oooh!
Ray Garcia's critically lauded Broken Spanish serves bold yet refined flavours, with a cosy-cool interior of plants, framed pics, rustic cupboards and blue walls. Trad-meets-mod tortillas, tamales and entradas are followed by hearty rabbit, red snapper or chicharron (elephant garlic mojo, radish sprout and picked herbs). Desserts span mango panna cotta and arroz con leche; wrap up with a coffee liqueur-fuelled Gringo ‘tail.
Casj little DTLA sis BS Taqueria offers a laidback counter service for lunch and a buzzy full-service dinner. Share snacks such as lemon-pepper chicken chicharrones or rice and beans, then score a headliner taco with clams and lardo. Happy hour hosts bargain bevs.
Brunch at Westwood’s super-fun all-day diner Tacos tu Madre (like they say – ‘there’s no problem that tacos won’t fix’), and sip an horchata slushie or indulge with dessert – the red velvet churros are out of this world.
Sleek seafood haven Maradentro has both sociable bar seating and street-side tables for people-watching through floor-to-ceiling windows. Last but not least, from the revered, indomitable trio behind Petit Trois and Trois Mec, comes the much raved-about Mexi-French brek-cum-lunchbox Trois Familia. Prepare to queue, Pru!
Broken Spanish / 1050 S Flower St / +1 213 749 1460 / 5.30pm-10pm daily, till 11pm Fri-Sat / brokenspanish.com
BS Taqueria / 514 W 7th St / +1 213 622 3744 / 11.30am-2.30pm Mon-Fri, 5.30pm-11pm daily / bstaqueria.com
Tacos tu Madre / 1945 Westwood Blvd / +1 424 832 7092 / 8am-midnight daily, till 3am Thu-Sat / facebook.com
Maradentro / #101 / 1168 S Barrington Ave / +1 424 273 1377 / 11.30am-10pm Mon-Fri, 4pm-10pm Sat-Sun, till 11pm Thu-Sat / cocinasycalaveras.comTrois Familia / 3510 Sunset Blvd / +1 323 725 7800 / 8am-2pm daily / troisfamilia.com