I was in the Hillcrest area today and dropped by Lucha Libre for lunch - the decor is a kick, with the pink walls, Anchorman trashcan, dioramas and wall art, chandelier, etc. The food is good too - the chips are fresh and crisp and I loved their salsas - the medium red salsa is fantastic and so is the creamy cilantro. I ordered a crispy queso taco (they should call it a "heart attack taco") a greasy disk of crisped melted cheese topped with steak, chipotle crema and avocado slices; a pollo asado taco; a "tap out" - grilled chicken, grilled veg, cheese and poblano sauce; and a TJ Hotdog (only $1.50!) - and brought it all home to share with my husband. I ate the crispy queso (minus most of the cheese) he ate the hot dog, and we split the two chicken ones. I preferred the tap out, but they were both good. The tacos are larger than street size, similar to El Zarapes, and the food is definitely in a similar category with Zarape and Mama Testa - better than Zarape, imo, and not quite as elaborate as Mama Testa (or as expensive). I think they'll be a great addition to the neighborhood.
I also stopped by Chilango to check it out - the menu looked great but I didn't have time for a sit down meal, so I moved on to Lucha Libre. Definitely want to try it soon though!
I also noticed that BOTH of these places are CASH ONLY for the time being - if you get stuck, the liquor store owner by Lucha Libre will give you cash from your ATM card without a purchase for a $2.00 fee.
here's the menu: http://www.tacosmackdown.com/LuchaLib...
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