Hollywood: Lunch at La Carmencita

marlin tacos

pescado baja and marlin tacos 

 

I checked out the new La Carmencita for lunch the other week. My friend asked if I had heard anything about this Baja-style restaurant across Salt’s Cure. I hadn’t so I suggested we immediately check it out. The decor is very cute, with lots of bright colors and some tables had these cool tire chairs. Old tires had been spraypainted gold and fitted to chair frames.

 

handmade blue corn chips and salsa

handmade blue corn chips and salsa

We were immediately given their handmade blue corn chips and salsa. This may have been the first sign of trouble.

The tortillas seemed baked and we easily broke them up for chips. However, there was no seasoning on the chips and the salsa was a little bland. I decided there wasn’t much or any chile in the salsa. A little salt did wonders.

 

kale salad

kale salad

This being healthy LA and all, there was a kale salad on the menu which my friend ordered. I was a bit jealous since I love kale but I was sticking to soup since I was fighting a cold at that time.

shrimp broth

shrimp broth

 

I was missing any heat from the soup. It was however full of shrimp, octopus and fish so I didn’t mind too much.

octopus and baja pescado tacos

octopus and baja pescado tacos

 

My friend had ordered the baja pescado taco as well as the marlin tacos. The marlin tacos came two per order. He liked them.

I also got a pescado taco (fried fish) which I liked all right. I think it really could just use a dose of chile. The octopus was a little tougher than I wanted. I’d come back to try the meatier tacos, maybe the pork belly, short ribs, barbacoa or lengua. They also had gorbernador tacos, a shrimp stew with melted cheese.

 

 

La Carmencita

1156 N Highland, Los Angeles, CA 90038  —  (323) 701-2063

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