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Another Diamond Found!: El Meson del Taco

Dommy! | Sep 9, 200506:45 PM

I admit, I’ve done it… I’ve rolled my eyes at posts asking for the most authentic ‘whatever’ on the Westside. I grew up near East L.A. and spent my teenage years in the San Gabriel Valley. I am insanely picky about good Asian, Latin, Middle Eastern Food. Further, I work and have a BF on the Westside, and to be honest, most of the restaurants I’ve been to that have this food, just don’t cut it…

But just like the Oaxacaquena Taco Truck on Lincoln and Rose, I will admit, there can be a few diamonds in the rough…

Last week BF came in late to LAX from a very much delayed flight. It was 10:30 and we were both starving! I remembered my post asking about late night joints, but he didn’t want to go to far from his place, so he chimed in that his new local taco stand was open until 11pm… I admit, I was skeptical, but we went in…

Located on near the corner of Venice and Centinela, BF tells me it used to be a pretty bad middle eastern market. So inside is very large, there is a steam table where you can take a peek at the prepared meats and a cold case and several racks so you can take items to take home and prepare for yourself. It’s a Oaxacan restaurant with the Mexican standards and several specials including several goat dishes. Nice fresh chips are servered with the meals (YAY!) and they have a decent selection of salsa (With a ton of kick!!)

I of course, had to case the meats, BF mentioned the grilled chicken being good, but my eyes were mesmorized by the dark asada. I also took a glance at their cabeza… WAY greasy… so my mind was made up… I would be ordering a Memela de Asada and BF ordered the Torta de Pollo. Bf’s Torta came with fries (not bad) and I added some black bean puree and rice on the side (This custom order surprised as they explained to me that the beans were a paste, not refried…LOL! I said, it was okay, I’m from the south too! :))

The torta was a good size, with toasty bread and lots of creamy avocado and mayo. And he was right on about the Chicken, although grilled, not dry at all, with good flavor. Yum!!

The winner though was my memela. The asada sharp in taste and the freshmade mamela itself (a Super Thick Tortilla) was soft and flavorful. It was MILES better than the ones they serve at the La Oaxacaquena taco truck.!

However, what really won me over on them, wasn’t even after this meal, but a few days later. With a massive Mexican hot chocolate craving, I had to have the sweet breads to go with it!! But once again it was late! Gahh… remembering I had seen sweet breads in bags during my first visit, we stopped by and was happy to see they had QUITE the selection of very fresh breads!! Deciding was tough, but I choose one that looked like a mini baguette with a sugar and butter mixture baked in. And yes, with the spicy hot chocolate, it was as good as it sounds! YUMMM!!!

After this winner and seeing me kinda drool over the various mole pastes they sell, BF proclaimed it our neighborhood place! wow… I have a neighborhood Mexican place and its on the Westside… I guess anything IS possible… :)


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