Remember when Mexicali Tacos used to be on 1st and Beaudry in downtown? Those were the good ol’ days. Things have definitely changed, for the better. Their permanent location on Figueroa is kind of at a hidden spot, and the parking sucks, but the flavors of 1st and Beaudry are still there.
The catchetada is my go to item. With each bite, you get the crisp and crunch, the juicy meat, the melted cheese, and the smokey chipotle aioli. It is all flavor and no messing around. I usually get it with an egg on top, but uhh, cash was an issue. The vampiro quesadilla was all flavor as well. That garlic sauce they put in there is addicting and hits the spot every time. The al pastor taco is leaner than most other spots, but the addition of the sauces gave it a nice flavor. The green is my favorite as it is surprisingly spicy.
Mexicali Tacos remains one of my favorite Mexican spots in LA. The thing is, when they were on the corner, they used to have this charm. Eating al fresco in the LA night, the tacos were more delicious then — parking was definitely easier. Now as the years have gone by, newer and better taco joints are popping up. Mexicali, which was once hot and new is now a classic. It is funny how time flies.