11 Latin-Owned LA Spots To Order From On Caviar During Hispanic Heritage Month
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In Los Angeles, celebrating Latin communities means understanding the power that food has in fostering authentic cultures and tight-knit communities. During Hispanic Heritage Month and throughout the year, Caviar is proud to celebrate and support the diverse Latin merchants, Dashers, and customers who are the bedrock of Los Angeles, making it as vibrant, delicious and diverse as it is. You can explore these Latin-owned restaurants in LA to support the local community.
This Peruvian restaurant on Figueroa has only been open since 2018, and yet, it feels like it’s been part of the neighborhood for decades. The menu includes Peruvian classics like saltado vegetariano, tender beef lomo saltado, and sweet and zesty pollo a la brasa. Try the impressive la copa nostra, a ceviche inspired by Lima’s open-air market that features fish, shrimp, squid, and mussels in a spicy leche de tigre.
There are times when you want a two-bite, high-end gourmet street taco, and then there are times when you want to order heaping piles of fajitas and enchiladas. For the latter, El Compadre is the answer. You’ll need an extra stomach to finish your meal, and while the margaritas you order for delivery don’t come flaming like they do in the dining room, they’re still up there with the best in LA.
It’s all about the chewy flour tortillas at Loqui, especially when they come wrapped around the very good mushroom option. The plates - like the pork with rice, beans, cotija, cilantro, and onion - also come with those tortillas and, unlike the tacos, your guac comes free.
Run by celebrity chefs Jaime Martin Del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu, La Casita Mexicana’s Jalisco-style menu has turned this neighborhood Bell restaurant into a true LA dining destination - one you can eat in your living room too. You can’t go wrong with the deeply flavorful mole poblano, but the must-order here is the chile en nogada, a classic meat-stuffed poblano dish topped with pomegranate seeds and cream sauce that’s usually only served seasonally.
These tiny tacos aren’t shy about being a little bit fancy, with options like crispy pork belly with jalapeno ash mayo, and the legendary sweet potato taco with almond and cashew chile, fried corn, and feta cheese. But you shouldn’t just stick to the tacos either - options like a half fried chicken and the hamachi tostada are also excellent.
The highlights at this high-end Mexican spot in Pasadena include tacos ahogados, oysters aguachile, duck carnitas, and the top-notch seafood. Also: the booze. They really know their mezcal and tequila here, as demonstrated by the barrel aged cocktails and mezcal flight. If you’re looking for a big meal (or just want a lot of leftovers), order the braised bone-in lamb shank, which comes in a roasted chili sauce.
For celebratory takeout, there aren’t many better options than Mirame. There’s an inventive flair about the food, with everything from crispy salmon skin chicharrónes and cochinita pibil with gooseberries, to lamb barbacoa mulitas and shrimp campechana. Plus, the cocktails are fantastic.
Mijares Mexican Restaurant
The legacy of Jesucita Mijares, who fled the revolution in Mexico over 100 years ago and opened a small tortilla factory in Pasadena, Mijares is where you order from when you want molcajete-ground salsas and fresh-pressed tortillas, along with their beloved mole poblano, tamales, tortilla soup and chile Colorado. The combos make it easy for you to try a couple dishes at once—we like the enchilada ranchero with guisado sauce, chunky beef and cheese, which comes with a chile relleno.
Frida Mexican Cuisine
We like the enchiladas here, blanketed in mole and drizzled with crema. But definitely order the tender, slow-cooked carnitas, and the fresh shrimp aguachiles too. For a lighter meal, try the ceviche tasting, a trio of zesty, lightly-spicy marinated seafood dishes.
Yxta Cocina Mexicana
This DTLA spot ticks all kinds of boxes if you’re looking for Mexican food. Guacamole, excellent choriqueso, a huge tequila menu, and a carnitas platter that will keep you fed for a couple days.
Calo Kitchen + Tequila
Mexican classics like pork chile verde and prime pork carnitas fly hot and fast out of the kitchen and straight to your home from this El Segundo spot. The staff favorite is the pollo serrano, an organic chicken in serrano cream sauce with poblano and Veracruz rice, while Maria’s enchiladas packed with mushrooms, rice, beans and avocado are perfect for vegans. For dessert, order two: fried ice cream AND the flan.