Carnitas Tacos

My new favorite Mexican restaurant is Cactus Taqueria on Vine, near Sunset.

Delicious pork, garnished with cilantro, diced onions and slices of avocado rolled in soft tacos please me greatly. The pork isn’t highly seasoned, so one can enjoy the earthy fattiness of swine.

Complementary slices of radishes await thee!

Their salsa bar is good.

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Baja Fish Tacos Plate

Just down the street on Vine Street is Cactus Taqueria. I went here last week and tried the fish tacos.

It was very good. The fish wasn’t tilapia or if it was, it didn’t taste like cardboard. The batter was crispy.

I started off with elote, which is grilled corn on the cob. It was seasoned with lime juice, mayonnaise and chili powder. This was very good.

I had a Jamaica to drink. The house made habanero sauce was fiery. Cactus makes reliably good Mexican food.

Quesadilla con Chorizo

No hyperbole, but this quesadilla was executed perfectly.

It’s not Beef Wellington, but it’s reassuring that cooks there have mastered this dish.

Or at least the cook working that night.

Cactus Taqueria, which turns out to be a chain, opened up on Vine, just south of Sunset.

Cactus Taqueria

There was just enough chorizo to flavor the quesadilla but not too much that it fell apart. The grease from the cheese made the texture nice and chewy.

The house made salsas were beyond reproach.

Tamarind soda isn’t my favorite, but it’s not bad.

Chilaquiles Con Chicharrones

Yesterday I drove my father to a dentist in Tijuana for dental implants. While I was waiting for him I explored the local mall on the northeastern side of TJ. Besides a Sears Outlet, there was a decent supermarket and several restaurants.

I went to La Doña, which was nearest the dentist’s office.

Wikipedia: Typically, corn tortillas cut in quarters and lightly fried are the basis of the dish.[1] Green or red salsa or mole is poured over the crisp tortilla triangles, called totopos. The mixture is simmered until the tortilla starts softening. Pulled chicken is sometimes added to the mix. It is commonly garnished with crema, shredded queso fresco, raw onion rings and avocado slices. Chilaquiles can be served with refried beans, eggs (scrambled or fried), beef and guacamole as side dish.

It was good. Salsa verde was layered atop fried tortillas and fried pork skin (chicharrones). There was melted cheese on top. I did try the hot salsa served in a ramekin and it was decent. I would have preferred more chicharrones.

I was excited by the Señor Frog’s bumper sticker on a car in the parking lot.

Chalupa

Last month I worked at a summer school program and I didn’t take lunch because I had these expectations that this college in Los Angeles would have many ethnic restaurants around.

There was a pizzeria, a sushi restaurant and………..Taco Bell.

It was Taco Bell fused with KFC, so customers could order fried chicken and liquid cheese (no by itself, but as an integral component of many Taco Bell dishes).

Okay, i was in Long Beach and the lunch situation was grim. I didn’t have much time so I went into the Taco Bell-KFC hybrid.

Taco Bell was something I dreamt about during my sojourn in Singapore. 

The fantasy version of Taco Bell is much better than the sad truth. 

The chalupa sounded promising. 


In lieu of a taco shell a fluffy pita-like bread substance was used. The pale iceberg lettuce and tomato chunks made this a healthy lunch. 

The meat was the traditional Grade D beef used by Taco Bell chefs for ages.

The jalapeños were the soft olive colored pickled ones that cost $2 for two quarts. 

Sadly the cheese wasn’t liquid. 


The Doritos taco was pretty good. I devoured it before I even thought about blogging this elegant repast. 


Adding to the ambience were dirty tables and filthy floors. 

Chorizo Tacos

Apparently there’s a new Mexican restaurant in town. I wanted either carnitas or shrimp and they had neither. I settled for chorizo tacos and they were good.


I would have preferred some green on the plate, but the chorizo meat was spicy and greasy. The house made salsas were tasty and the muy picante salsa was spicy!


The name of the restaurant is Tres Marias.