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The Ricans Food

(787) 298-2520

1801 E 7th St

Los Angeles, CA 90021

Once a week(ish - it varies), this Puerto Rican pop-up goes down at Lokels Only, a community space in the Arts District that doubles as a takeout and delivery hub for various pop-up restaurants on the weekend. And while there are a few different dishes on the menu, such as smashed pork burgers and tripleta burritos, the central focus here is on mofongos. If you’re not familiar with the dish, consider The Ricans your ideal introduction: green plantains are mashed with a secret blend of garlic, oil and spices, then molded and served hot with everything from fried pork to chicharrones de pollo to jackfruit guisado.

The Ricans is a new takeaway counter in the Arts District with one central goal - to perfect the art of mofongo. And while we can’t tell you if they’ve actually achieved such excellence (y’know, since we haven’t been yet), what we can say is that they’re serving a diverse mix of Puerto Rican dishes, from chicharrones de pollo over rice to smashed pork burgers, in addition to their pièce de résistance, their North Star, a traditionally made mofongo plate served with a house criolla sauce.

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