After spending four days in Boston and Southern Mass, on the last day I turned to BF and muttered, that we were going to have Burrito as soon as we got home
I was KIDDING!! The food we had in New England was great! But that belongs on another board. Nevertheless, that snide remark did get a jones going. So for my first lunch back, I went off to sniff out some Mexican!
Driving into work, I would often pass a little taqueria near the corner of Washington and Centinella at the edge of Culver City. Its right next to a Comic Book Shop and its small but patriotic (Green, White and Red) neon sign proclaims the space Taqueria Estillo Mexico. Estillo means, in the style of, which usually is a HUGE trigger for authentic chow!
I rushed right on in The place is small, but long. I placed my order and went to go look at the salsa spread
Not a huge spread, they had a green and toxic looking red (Took the red). Took Limes, and a bunch of pickled spicy carrots. And this is where I got a good feeling about this place. The carrots were homemade. Crisp, but still nicely tart and wonderfully spiced (Big leaves of Oregano floating around) but not TOO spicy, so I ate them like Chips as I waited for my to-go order
Then when I got to the office, I opened the bag and saw lots of great tortilla chips! And they were still warm! I had to take a bite and they were PERFECT! Thin, corny, no greasy but ultra crisp. These seriously give Gallegos Deli a run for their money in terms of the best Chip on the West Side
And so, after scoring wins with the Carrots and Chips I was very excited to chow down on
Carne Asada Sope: Standard size Sope, but with was SO soft. Not like those hard pucks you get at LAX Taco and King Taco. There was LOTS of Carne Asada and a good amount of garnish with the Toxic red poured over the whole thing. The Asada was EXCELLENT! Well spiced (Beyond the salsa) and SOFT. Better than the Asada Ive had at Taqueria Sanchez or any number of Taco Trucks around the area
Cabeza Sope: Yup! I love sopes! :) And this one REALLY surprised me. Cabeza is a very rich meat with a STRONG flavor. Its usually served sparingly and shredded because its SO tender, rich and STRONG Well what I discovered on my sope was not shredded meat, it was Cabeza in LARGE chunks. This truly was in The Style Of Mexico because Ive never seen it served this way outside of Mexico!! Luckily the huge soft sope and all the garnish and red sauce managed to balance all the funky flavor of face but dang enough flavor still came through for an awesome authentic flavor experience
Finally, a Carnitas Torta. Not too big, not too small and served in a soft roll. The condiments were minimal, a smear of beans, including plenty that were still whole, some mayo, some lettuce, onion and again a big dose of that red salsa on top of a good mound of chunky carnitas. The carnitas were tender, very porky Although they were chunky, it the soft texture made for a better taste and dining experience that the drier Carnita chunks at Taqueria Sanchez.
All in all, the best of the Taquerias Ive tried on the Westside (And in all fairness, Im pretty new to the area). I hope to return soon on a weekend to try a Lengua Taco and their Birria! YUM!!! :)