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LOTERIA GRILL - Mexican in the Farmers Market

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LOTERIA GRILL - Mexican in the Farmers Market

Michael | Jul 4, 2002 04:19 PM

We went to Loteria Grill today for breakfast – my wife had breakfast there earlier in the week and insisted that I come try it. Loteria Grill is a new Mexican taco bar in the Farmer’s Market at 3rd and Fairfax, adjacent to the Grove. Much has been said here about the restaurants at the Grove, and I agree that most aren’t very good. But this place is a real find – and its not really in the Grove, but easily reachable from there.

The breakfast menu is relatively simple: three versions of chilaquiles and three egg dishes. The chilaquiles come with one of three sauces: mole, red tomato, or green tomatillo. I’m always a fan of the red sauce, so I tried that. It was delicious; full of flavor and somewhat spicy. The chips soak it up and are mixed with some melted cheese (probably jack), sprinkled with small onion bits and crumbly cheese, and then dressed with a little crema. My wife had the mole chilaquiles – something I usually don’t like as much as the rojo, but in this case, she made the better choice. As good as mine were, hers were better. The richness of the mole was wonderful, it wasn’t as spicy as mine, but just burst with a great flavor. Both came with black beans and some small corn tortillas.

We didn’t have an egg dish, but my wife previously had eggs that she liked – the other dishes are huevos rancheros and huevos con chorizo – both of which I’ll try soon and report back.

What I really want to try, though, is the lunch and dinner menus. Apparently, they make fresh tortillas for their tacos – and tacos are the main fare. The menu lists (I think – I forgot to bring one home) 16 tacos – 4 beef, 4 chicken, 4 pork, and 4 veg. You order them in orders of two (I presume you can mix and match, at least within meats). They were preparing the ingredients and my mouth was watering over the rajas (spelling?). They also offer soups, enchiladas, salads, and a few other things for lunch and dinner.

Clearly worth checking out for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Breakfast was great, but I suspect the other meals are even better. Report back!

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