Restauranteur/Chef Esdras Ochoa may best be known in L.A. by his involvement at Salazar in Frogtown. He’s opened up an interesting new taqueria in the SGV which warrants a visit.
Mexicali Taco & Co. inhabits the A-frame vacated by Wienerschnitzel on San Gabriel Boulevard, just up the street from acclaimed Babita Mexicuisine (currently shuttered due to the pandemic). The vibe and cuisine here projects a harmonious merge of the 626 and Mexican comfort food. Several outdoor tables allow customers the immediate gratification of enjoying the take-out on premises #ERTAT. There was quite the queue when I visited, on a Tuesday afternoon #TacoTuesdays.
What sets this taqueria apart? Why it’s the char siu al pastor, of course!
This was my first time eating this hybrid invention, and the experience is at once familiar, yet new. As I marveled at how damn tasty my taco char siu al pastor and my char siu Mexicali burrito were, I was also earnestly wishing I had been the first guy who thought up this combo. Yes, though Mexicali Tacos & Co. has a sister location in Downtown L.A. (on Figueroa), the SGV location is the only place where the char siu al pastor is in full effect. Seriously good sandia agua fresca to wash it all down as well…
Add runny huevo supplement to already delicious burrito… #DidNotHaveToBringMyOwnFriedEggThisTime
Mexicali Tacos & Co.
1811 S. San Gabriel Bl.
San Gabriel, CA 91776