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Mexicali Taco & Co. is back!

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LaLa Eat Oct 10, 2011 09:05 PM

You can satiate your vampiro cravings and get your fix of Mexicali Taco and Co. once again. They are currently in the alley (follow the smell) at 1820 industrial St. in the arts district, Thurs- Sat 6-10pm.
Check their twitter page for updates: http://twitter.com/#!/mexicalitacoco

  1. mrgreenbeenz Mar 19, 2012 12:51 PM

    Sampled a few of their items last week and was really impressed with the cachetadas - chorizo and cheese on top of a cripsy tostado. The carne asada vampiro was nice but while the meat was good quality it didn't add up to much more than an overstuffed quesadilla. I tried their chicken taco just to sample all the meats - a flavorless waste of time - but really, I knew that when I ordered it. I imagine chicken tacos are de rigeur when you're spitting distance from the Orsini.

    Glad to have a daytime taco stop in the no man's land between EP and Chinatown but what is up with no carnitas? Only chicken, chorizo and carne asada. I respect a limited menu but I respect pork more. Also, without changing the basic layout from El Nene the new design looks like a food truck threw up inside of a restaurant and then asked me to follow it on twitter.

    Poor decor choices aside, I will back for more cachetadas. Nice to know that I don't have to wait until dark to get my taco on in Victor Heights.

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    1. re: mrgreenbeenz
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      ns1 Mar 19, 2012 12:54 PM

      we'll have to agree to disagree on a few things, but I love this line:

      "Also, without changing the basic layout from El Nene the new design looks like a food truck threw up inside of a restaurant and then asked me to follow it on twitter. "

      LOL

      1. re: mrgreenbeenz
        Dommy Mar 19, 2012 01:51 PM

        Mexicali isn't much of a Carnitas town.. so I'm glad they aren't dishing out some cottony over braised pork shoulder and calling it carnitas like so many other places do around town.

        I don't mind the decor, their version of Communal tables actually fits the vibe. And since I am used to eating their tacos and vampiros up against the hood of my car, I appreciate the seats along with a very casual vibe...

        I do agree with you on the Vampiro. To me it seemed like a waste to hide the flavor of their great meats. For that reason I ADORE their veggie vampiro. FINALLY the garlic sauce gets to shine with a great a mix of freshly grilled veggies. For me, the tacos and cachetadas are for meats... the vampiro for veggies...

        --Dommy!

      2. JAB Mar 19, 2012 12:49 PM

        I went for lunch today based on this post. The carne asada taco was smokey good and the chorizo vampiro was addicting. A good horchata as well.

        1. matikin9 Mar 19, 2012 12:54 AM

          I don't know if it's a regular agua fresca, but they've got a deliciously nutty barley horchata, aka horchata de cebada.

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          1. re: matikin9
            Peripatetic Mar 19, 2012 02:14 AM

            I loved the cebada. I hope it's a regular item.

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            ns1 Mar 19, 2012 12:08 AM

            Behold, the glorious nachos. Best nachos ever.

             
             
             
             
             
             
             
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              Johnny L Feb 2, 2012 09:55 AM

              I never knew about this place before, can someone explain why I should be excited since I never read much about their old location.

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                Servorg Feb 2, 2012 10:03 AM

                One former thread (when they were at their old location) here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7319...

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                  mucho gordo Feb 2, 2012 11:53 AM

                  If they're anything like the tacos I used to buy from a street vendor in Mexicali, I be in line there.

                2. re: Johnny L
                  Peripatetic Feb 2, 2012 12:06 PM

                  Here's a selection of links I've accumulated over time:

                  - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/724702#6409263
                  - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/737204#5956322
                  - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/731952
                  - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/774953
                  - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/807581
                  - http://blogging.la/2010/09/03/the-best-pop-up-in-the-city-mexicali-tacos/
                  - http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/2011/01/vampiro_tacos_mexicali_taco.php
                  - http://effingdericious.wordpress.com/...

                3. Dommy Feb 1, 2012 04:20 PM

                  THRILLED at this news! I can't wait to see what the guys cook up with a little more breathing room! :) I'll miss the great city view tho'!

                  --Dommy!

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                    Norm Man Feb 1, 2012 03:25 PM

                    Mexicali Taco is opening a brick and mortar place this month (soft opening Feb 7):

                    http://losangeles.grubstreet.com/2012...

                    Mexicali Taco

                    702 N. Figueroa St

                    Los Angeles

                    213 613-0416

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                    1. re: Norm Man
                      Peripatetic Feb 1, 2012 04:05 PM

                      Outstanding! Thanks for the update.

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                        Norm Man Feb 8, 2012 12:34 PM

                        More news about Mexicali Taco's new brick and mortar location -- soft opening last nignt (Feb 7) and grand opening next Wednesday Feb 15:

                        http://losangeles.grubstreet.com/2012...

                      2. Servorg Oct 11, 2011 10:01 AM

                        Mexicali & Taco Co place link

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                        Mexicali Taco & Co
                        1820 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

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