Huarache Azteca in Highland Park--very good!
I'd been meaning to try this place for a couple of years but we've never gotten around to it. Of late it was mentioned in the Los Angeles Magazine 25 Best Mexican Restaurants issue (which actually had a few good places) and a girlfriend of mine tried it and raved. We stopped for take-out last night. The huaraches come with the meat of your choice--we got 'em with asada. I suspect they would be better eaten on site as the masa itself was slightly tough when it arrived home. Nevertheless, I liked very much. The tacos are outstanding and others in my party received burritos and tortas which they enjoyed very much. They have a few meats choices I've never heard of, plus cabeza, buche and the usual offerings. They also make their own fruit aquas which we didn't try. The place is tiny and was crowded. I thought our food would take forever but our order was prepared pretty quickly and checked out exactly as ordered when we got home. The place is ridiculously cheap. I spent $20.00 and we have enough food to feed the four of us at least another meal.
El Huarache Azteca
5225 York Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90042
Mon-Sun - 9:00am-9:00pm
I actually like their al pastor huarache better than the asada one. It's not the best I've had, but it's pretty good.
I tried out their huitlacoche quesadilla yesterday. It was sort of a strange quesadilla; I think they made the "tortilla" for it on the spot, out of masa, and it was a lot closer to a huarache than it was to a tortilla -- thick, and slightly hard at the edges. I enjoyed it, but I think I prefer the huitlacoche at Monte Alban despite the higher price ($6 vs $4 at Azteca). It's much earthier and has a more distinctive flavor.
Next time I visit this place, I'm going to bring my own silverware. The plastic fork and knife they give you are really crappy.
I haven't gone through the entire list, but the carne asada has definitely been the best huarache that I've had there. An appropriate amount of cheese dusted on top of fresh cilantro and onions. 2 huaraches are enough to make one meal. Highly recommend eating at the place, instead of take-out.
The horchata is pretty mediocre, with a slight chalky aftertaste.