Mid-City: Tacos at Petty Cash
Remember this post last year when I couldn’t take pictures at Petty Cash? Well, luckily they do allow photography now. Otherwise, you’d be getting more drawings from me.
I was there recently for a birthday party. While Petty Cash doesn’t have a private room per se (we did see an office team building group hanging around the back complete with funny hats), we were cozy with a big table off to the side.
The set menu included chips and guacamole which Californians take very seriously. This was good guac with pepitas and tomato. There were jars of salsa if you wanted to add a spicier kick.
The infamous pig ear nachos which I drew as this, were just as good as I remembered. Be sure to poke that quivering poached egg to cover the nachos with additional creamy goodness.
The cheesy churros were the most intriguing of the appetizers. Usually churros seem to concern the sweet end of the meal but these were savory with cheese and a very seasonal squash dip. The churros were a little greasy though.
Of the three tacos we had, I liked the mahi mahi tacos the best. The fish was gently beer battered and fried. I didn’t even miss the crema as there was plenty of pico de gallo and cabbage.
We also had carnitas tacos which were as greasy delicious as any street tacos. Add a dash or two of the green salsa and you’re good to go.
For those who like to question what sort of meat their tacos contain, there’s no doubt these are definitely beef. The carne asada were topped with that wonderful guacamole and red salsa. This cut wasn’t terribly lean though so you might end up having to lick your fingers, oh sorry, wipe them off.
For dessert, we had the decadent bunuelos. The fried sugared doughnuts sat atop warm chocolate sauce. To get the full effect, you should cover the entire surface area with the thick chocolate sauce.
I surveyed the table. Many of the group were regulars at Petty Cash. Their favorite drink is the The Brixton (gin, poblano seltzer, habanero, lime, flaming Chartreuse). I probably would have tried the Swizz Peats (blended Scotch, peach, lime, orgeat, barrel-aged bitters) or Three Amigos Old Fashioned (tequila reposado, mezcal, mole bitters, orange twist).
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