Sabor a México - Review + photos
After reading here about Sabor a México, we had to go. We went yesterday Sunday 4/01/07, between 2:30 and 3:30 pm. It is a small restaurant with a very nice seating area inside, and also tables outside, and extremelly clean, I LOVE clean restaurants. The menu is very extensive, there's something for everyone, we didn't try everything, but my guess is that everything must be very good.
We ordered an original huarache, a carne asada huarache, flor de calabaza quesadilla, potato quesadilla, and a carne asada sope, along with horchatas and one jamaica drink.
We were told to have a seat and that they will bring our food to our table. We got salsas from their again very clean and good looking salsa bar. They had avocado, green tomatillo, habanero, red chile, salsa fresca (pico de gallo), and pickled jalapeños and carrots. All of the salsas were excellent, full of flavor and not overpowered by the chiles. We sat inside a small room, with a seating section next to where we order, a very nice room with a nice decor. The girl from the register brought us some chips, they were very good , homemade, light and crispy. The horchata was excellent and the jamaica too. The food took a little long, but I don't mind since everything is homemade and prepared to order, and we really enjoyed trying the salsas while waiting.
When our food arrived, everything looks so good, but when after tasting it was more than just good food, I haven't had mexican food this good in many years. Everything was very authentic. The huarache was exactly what a huarache is supposed to be, with the green salsa, the thin masa filled with beans, mexican cheese, perfect carne asada. The nopalitos were very tasty, and I don't think they came from a jar. Then the quesadillas and the sope arrived, the sope was good, but the quesadillas were delicious, fluffy and light corn masa. Our flor de calabaza was so good, and the potato too.
I have been to many, many places in our L.A. area and around, and never had food this good, and so authentic, and I REALLY know what authentic is. There were no signs of the big pile of yellow american cheese that you see at most of the 'mexican' food joints, nothing was served in exageration.
There's one place in San Francisco at the Ferry Building called Mijitas, and they also sell good mexican food, but this was better. Also in Santa Barbara La Super Rica is good, but also different and for me not quite as good as Sabor a México.
Eating at Sabor a México reminded me of the food I used to eat in México at the Cenadurias (food stands that open during the evenings and sell antojitos mexicanos). Especially the huarache.
One day we want to go back and try their taco table, which is only out Friday and Saturday evenings, but for sure we are going back to try more of their food, and have more huaraches and quesadillas.
For now my opinion is that Sabor a México is an excellent small restaurant, selling truly authentic Mexican huaraches and quesadillas, serving very good salsas, refrshing and tasty horchata and jamaica drinks. The chef was very friendly and you can see that he liked what he as doing, the girl at the register was also very nice.
EXCELLENT FOOD!, GOOD SERVICE!, VERY NICE AND CLEAN RESTAURANT!
I hope they keep everything like that, and that they don't change anything.
Take a look at my photos!
Sabor A Mexico
8940 National Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Thanks so much to you Dommy for a great recommendation, I have tried many places recommended here the past few weeks, and had not much luck liking them, but this is a winner! Mijitas also has good quesadillas, and if you go to SF on a Saturday when they have the Ferry Building Farmer's market there's small stand with long lines that sell good chilaquiles and panuchos, you might like them.