Restaurants & Bars Los Angeles Area

Yxta Quickie

Will Owen | | Mar 23, 2009 01:43 PM

...mostly because I wasn't taking notes, and we were halfway into the meal when Mrs. O said, "Of course you're going to do a report on Chowhound, right?", interrupting a conversation I was having on an entirely different topic. But it was that kind of evening, beginning with meeting an old friend and his new SO at Edison about fifteen minutes before it opened, a practice I recommend highly if you want to get in before it's packed. After a brilliantly good classic Martini and some nice pinot noir, we bid the now-jumping joint a fond "See ya later!" and headed down to Yxta Cocina Mexicana. Plenty of space in their nice big lot, beautiful room inside, not too busy for nine PM on a Saturday. Service friendly and brisk. The lads, having their first Latino-style meal since getting back from Argentina, got Enchiladas Suizas and another chicken something (told you I wasn't taking notes) respectively; Mrs. O went for chicken mole, her default dish. I thought the carnitas plate looked like it'd be pretty wonderful, and it was. Extremely tender and succulent, exactly fatty enough, lovely fresh herbal flavors from the cilantro etcetera. The tortillas were freshly made (and of random sizes to prove it). My dish came with a reddish rice and pinto beans, while the other dishes had white rice, and the mole came with black beans, all good if not necessarily the best in LA. As I was the driver I just nursed a Stella Artois, but the margs and mojitos the other kids had got rave reviews. It was Mrs. O's treat, so I just got a glance at the tab, but it wasn't too much over $120 for the four of us. This joint is definitely on our Gotta Repeat list, and so is Edison - a really nice pairing for an evening out.

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