Walked in without a reservation around 8:30 on Saturday and there were seats at both bars. Our good luck that there were no events going on, or if there were they didn’t draw a Broken Spanish crowd. The bartender said Lakers fans are and Clippers fans aren’t.
Chicken Necks: Chile de Arbol, Lime Salt $13
These were great. Four to an order. Did not need the sauce.
Pollo Prensado: Chicken Thigh, Chicken Skin, Cock’s Comb, Guajillo $13 + $4 tortillas
Small portion but rich. Spicy and sour, reminded me of Korean food. Good combination with the necks and a Lurton Guadalupe Chenin.
Chicharron: Elephant Garlic Mojo, Radish Sprout, Picked Herbs $39
Perfect. Some serious skill in the kitchen to get that super-crunchy skin while keeping the meat juicy. So good. Went well with a Bichi “Santa” Pais.
Beet Pibil: Yellow Beet, Achiote, Pickled Onion, Bitter Greens $14
In a way this was the most impressive dish: there were a lot of flavors in the mix, including chiles and I think canela and clove, but all subdued so as not to overpower the relatively delicate flavor of the yellow beets. Nice foil to the fatty pork.
Cabbage: Cueritos, Cilantro $8
Also a nice foil to the pork. The little bits of pig skin give a fun textural contrast.
Great meal. That was a lot of food for two. Did not have room for dessert.