Mas Malo is a welcome addition to the downtown food scene, says aching. It’s a casual version of upscale Mexican, and it’s considerably more satisfying than the original version of Malo from years back.

Salsa junkies should start with the salsa flight—habanero, serrano, pico de gallo, chile negro, and tomatillo. “At $14, it seemed pricey for something that usually is free, but the salsas were excellent and the portions generous,” says aching. You can, if you like, order the chips “chewy”: half fried, so they’re crispy on the outside, soft on the inside.

Cheese enchiladas are really delicious, says aching. “It was not your ordinary Jack—it had a slight bitterness to it, like a triple-creme or a brie.” Al pastor tacos are tender and flavorful.

“In a city filled with authentic (and cheap!) Mexican food, a more upscale and gringo-friendly version is probably a tough sell. However, I for one feel that Mas Malo is a VERY welcome addition to the neighborhood, and I think it has a lot of potential for success,” says aching.

Mas Malo [Downtown]
515 W. Seventh Street, Los Angeles

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