I haven’t met an ethnic cuisine I don’t like but, I have a particular affinity to Mexican food. If you grow up in Arizona, as I did, you are pretty much weaned on a taco and soon become an addict. Over the years I’ve had a frustrated relationship with the availability of good Mexican in California. Yes, there have always been a solid presence of Taquerias but, a sit down, basket of chips and Margarita restaurant with really tasty food, those seem to come and go. This is the kind of restaurant that scratches the craving I grew up with.
Right now I’m a pretty happy camper because I have a really good neighborhood Mexican restaurant. Risking an even longer wait at an already popular restaurant, I’m going to give a little salute to: Salsa and Beer (yes, that’s the name). This place is no secret; you can read all the reviews on Yelp, etc. I’ll just add my one note; their creamy Jalapeno salsa captures so successfully the essence of fire roasted chiles…Yum, wish the little cups were bigger!
While I’m on a Mexican tear, I should also mention Chichen Itza. If you haven’t tried their traditional Yucatan dishes it will be an entirely different way to experience Mexican cuisine. Those lucky USC students have a little gem in their neighborhood.