In Boyle Heights, there’s “a scene straight out of Mexico,” says streetgourmetla. At the corner of Cesar Chavez and Breed Street, “right by the Big Buy Foods there’s a glorious street food scene,” featuring the truly luscious deep-Mexico stuff, not the “cloying tacos and uninspired bacon-wrapped hotdogs” that the rest of LA is stuck with, says streetgourmetla.
Chowhounds have known about this place for a while, but there have been some recent additions. For the best in regional cuisine, there’s a newly added barbacoa de borrega stand, “representing the famous pit roasted mutton from the state of Hidalgo,” says streetgourmetla. It’s authentically prepared, including an underground pit lined with maguey (agave). It could be the best barbacoa in the city, says streetgourmetla.
There’s also a new stand doing crêpes in the style of Mexico City. The crêpe lady fills hers with cream cheese and tops them with cajeta (Mexican caramel), goiaba (guava paste), and fresa (strawberry). “She knows her stuff,” says streetgourmetla.
Now on to the classics of the fair. Nina’s catering truck serves sopes, huaraches, gorditas, quesadillas preparadas, tostadas, and flautas. Fillings are cooked to perfection, says streetgourmetla, including options like hongos (mushrooms), papa con chorizo (potato with chorizo), flor de calabaza (squash blossoms), and cuitlacoche (corn fungus) amongst more standard offerings. “This stand has the best salsa on the street including a salsa de semillas consisting of pumpkin seeds, peanuts, sesame seeds, chile de arbol, and a little bit of peanut oil. Que rico!” says streetgourmetla. “Nina’s can’t be outdone.”
Just north of Nina’s is a guy who does tacos al vapor, steamed tacos. To the south, close to Big Buy Foods, is a taco vendor serving excellent cochinita pibil (roasted pork in achiote).
Across the street, to the south, is a delicious pozole stand, with both red and white pozoles. The chef assembles the pozole, which includes stock, hominy, chicken, and whatever meats you want. If you order red pozole, it gets topped off with a mild red chile sauce. “This pozole rocks!” says streetgourmetla. They also serve up a “formidable tostado of cueritos (pigskin). Pure heaven!” says streetgourmetla.
The street fair runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Weekends are the best nights for maximum action, says streetgourmetla.
Mexican Street Fair at Big Buy Foods [East LA]
2233 E. Cesar E Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles
Board Link: La Feria de Big Buy Foods-Boyle Heights