DTLA: Guerrilla Tacos in the Arts District
I was not a Guerrilla Tacos devotee. I had never sought its cart and eventual truck. But I knew about them. And always meant to go. Then they opened right around The Critic’s passing. And I knew it was a sign I needed to go and pay my respects. There’s a booth with his photo and a now well known quote.
We started our meal with the calmari in this fantastic buttery garlic sauce. Every piece was grilled perfectly and no piece was every chewy. I almost didn’t want to squeeze lemon because I wanted that pure garlic butter awesomeness but the calamari did benefit from a squeeze or two.
For drinks, we only tried a couple on the menu. I had the intriguing cachaca and gin mix called La Favela and my friend had a creamy drink that reminded her of a favorite we had tried in Seattle. Both deserve to be patio drinks though Paging Dr. Rhum is probably more of a beachside tipple.
La Favela – cachaca, gin, pineapple, salted agave, lime, tiki bitters, lime zest, cinnamon
Paging Dr. Rhum – Appleton Estate Jamaican rum, white rum, 151 rum, kaffir lime leaves infused Coco Lopez, pineapple, lime, orange juice, lemongrass
My friend really wanted the potato taquitos and I was happy to oblige. These came under a mound of green salsa and cheese. They’re also a perfect appetizer.
We went meat heavy for the tacos though I thought I’d like to do all vegetarian next time.
My favorite was the wild boar. It was spicy and the spice kept getting more wild and spicier but I stuck with it. I also wanted the fried fish but later realized that maybe I should have eaten this right away as it lost a bit of its crispness by the time I got to it. We added a piece of foie gras to the beef taco. Awww yeah, that’s just going big on Taco Tuesday!
We also got the chicken which I felt was at the cashier’s insistence. He said it was one of their best sellers. I rather have saved room for another type of taco.
But my ultimate favorite was the hamachi tostada. We added a piece of uni to this though I suppose it really didn’t need anything. I really liked the fruit in this as well! That unexpected fruit really made the layers of uni and fish sing. The hot chili oil also was just right.
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