For more than five decades, Manuel treated his fellow Los Angelenos to from-scratch Mexican specialties at the original El Tepeyac Cafe. Today, his son Marcos follows in his culinary footsteps at Panchito's, where he nabs fresh veggies for the restaurant's piquant sauces and impromptu still-life paintings. He honors his family's generations-old recipes by spotlighting his dad's signature burritos, machaca (shredded beef), and towering tostadas on his own menu, and he maintains each dish's flavor and integrity by preparing everything fresh daily from the best ingredients available.
Through the colonial-style wooden doors, Cha-Cha's Cocina Mexicana welcomes guests into a world steeped in Mexican culture. Carved masks and colorful suns populate the walls, and iron chandeliers illuminate tables topped with classic Mexican dishes. Chefs wrap tortillas around shredded meats and oaxacan cheese. They can deep-fry the mass into a chimichanga, fashion the wrap into a burrito, or make it an enchilada slathered in crema fresca and ranchero sauce. Meals can be paired with more than 100 varieties of tequila, including Patr?n and Cazadores, which comes served in chilled glasses and mixed into margaritas. Guests celebrating a special event can reserve the eatery?s private banquet room, which features intricately carved chairs surrounding a long, wooden table and can seat up to 45 people or up to 23 chupacabras.
At Taqueria Los Cabos, the menu spans Mexico and Latin America by flaunting ingredients from throughout the region. Everything from sopes and tortas to quesadillas and chimichangas come stuffed with cilantro, radishes, and onions, creating dishes that are as flavorful as they colorful. And these vibrant meals join with the bright banners hung throughout the sun-soaked dining room to create a dining experience that's more festive than a plate full of confetti.
The doors of the vault, licked with rust around the hinges, still stand inside the old bank. But now, instead of waiting to deposit their money, customers relax in cozy booths with platefuls of fajitas and burritos. Paco's Mexican Restaurant still exudes the aesthetic of the building?s first tenant, steeped in rich woodwork and marble flooring. The cooks include on the menu classic Mexican dishes, from pork simmered in a mild green sauce to tilapia that is hand-battered, deep-fried, and stuffed inside a taco. Even in the early-morning hours the kitchen staff is hard at work, pairing chorizo with eggs and serving breakfast burritos to guests.
Many restaurants blend American and Mexican food, but few show the cultural blend in their decor with great vigor. Hecho en Mexico showcases its culinary treasures in an old-fashioned diner setting—complete with counter eating, black-and-white checked floors, and booths lining the walls. Vivid yellow walls and colorful Corona banners add a south-of-the-border tone to the decor, and the eatery serves Mexican cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Along with seafood specialties, tacos, and dinner entrees, the kitchen sends out fresh, flavor-packed salsas at the salsa bar, which can be eaten with chips or pounded down as shots.
Some people could just eat tacos all day. And Tacos Y Mas helps make it possible with signature tacos alongside special breakfast tacos that incorporate scrambled eggs. The Mexican grill’s staff load their double-tortilla tacos with classics such as chorizo and eggs or one of their signature blends such as the cowboy, whose smoked jalapeno, beef sausage, and egg mixture secured the taqueria a spot on D-Magazine’s list of Best Breakfast Tacos in Dallas in 2010. While they do serve up their breakfast dishes all day, they can also fill tortillas with more traditional Mexican favorites such as shredded chicken in a chipotle sauce, grilled shrimp sprinkled with onion and cilantro, or the heart-healthy grilled vegetables in a chipotle salsa. But as their name suggests, they don’t just serve tacos—"mas" covers grande nachos, Cuban sandwiches, and trios of queso, guacamole, and salsa roja for guests who like dips but not decisions.