Tacos al pastor at Yxta Cocina Mexicana involve pork in chile sauce, with some grilled pineapple, a little red onion, cilantro, and a small slab of fresh pineapple, in handmade tortillas. “A bite… another bite to convince the brain that the first bite was not a hallucination… a couple more bites to ensure scientific method is followed and… damn, I’ve finished it. It was astounding,” says Das Ubergeek. “It was INCREDIBLE. It was juicy it was spicy it was sweet it was tangy it was sharp it was JUST ABSOLUTELY PERFECT AND I NEED ANOTHER ONE STAT!”

“I’m telling you, those tacos were the VERY best tacos al pastor I’ve had in LA — and I’ve eaten a lot of tacos al pastor in my ten years in SoCal,” says Das Ubergeek.

Maracha tacos are also delicious, says estnyboer—superjuicy shredded and chopped beef, with rich, smoky flavor. Other menu picks: squash blossoms stuffed with Mexican cheese, especially with a dollop of salsa cruda on top, and the pineapple flan.

Yxta Cocina Mexicana is brand-new, and from the same folks who run El Arco Iris. It’s definitely aiming at the upscale, multiethnic audience, with a full bar and an open kitchen. It’s on a bleak corner of east downtown, near some other excellent places to eat.

Yxta Cocina Mexicana [Downtown]
601 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles

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