La Casita Mexicana has always seemed to have a dedicated following. I always found it… ok I guess? I’ve seen pix of La Casita’s Chefs Jaime Martin Del Campo & Ramiro Arvizu on various sites, doing special dinners that look amazing! But when I went, those fancy dinners seem to be off-menu, or for special events only I think?
I heard about Mexicano, their new “exquisite Mexican cuisine” restaurant at the Baldwin Hills Mall from Eater last year. Figured I’d give’em a try one of these days, but ended up going there during my Flautas taste test, LOL.
Totally forgot about the place, but after lunch there, I’m glad I tried it.
Mexicano is a beautiful space. Brand-new, clean, classy decorations. It’s sunny, relaxing and pleasant.
Stopping in for a quick lunch, and dying from the ridiculous heat wave, started off with their Aguas Frescas, a Cucumber & Mint drink:
Seriously perfect. On such a hot day, I’m so glad their housemade Cucumber & Mint drink was lightly sweet, cold, and refreshing! I wish they bottled this stuff, I’d buy it by the 6-pack, no joke!
Complimentary Chips (doused with Beans):
I ordered their Cochinita Pibil (Pork shoulder marinated and braised in achiote, bitter orange & spices. Served with white rice, black beans and spicy habanero sauce):
It comes with handmade Corn Tortillas (presumably smaller versions of their large versions used at Flautas (next door)).
Their Cochinita Pibil is SO tender, juicy, succulent. Dig it!
Their arroz (rice) is flavored with Chicken Broth, giving it a nice delish aftertaste. Nice touch.
I think I like Chichen Itza’s Cochinita Pibil more for the depth of flavor, but I certainly am no expert on this LOL. So I’ll leave it to all the experts here to point me in the right direction.
I definitely wanna come back and try more of the menu, and their Chile En Nogada looks delicious. Next time.
3650 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90008