I was unable to find a tacompadre this week. But really — in taco hunting — much like life, tacos are all you need.
No shame in my game, I grabbed my sunglasses and ventured out to La Carmencita — a cool, Baja-style cafe in Hollywood.
You can’t miss the place. It’s bold, inviting and well-positioned on the corner of Lexington and Highland.
Despite it being taco time on a Tuesday, the place was relatively empty. Even more interesting, the place offered a few bucks off each taco as a happy hour.
The discount, coupled with an interesting menu, led to a full order — Baja (fish taco), pork belly and short rib.
The presentation was fantastic — colorful and inviting, yet somehow subtle.
I’m a bit of a pork belly braggart, a short rib snob. The pork belly was accompanied by beans. The short rib was akin to carnitas. Not bad, but nothing to crow about.
So, I did what any taco fan would do.
I went for the marlin (tuna) on the second swing. Much better than the pedestrian variety, this tasty, two-per-order trencher helped make this a worthwhile stop after all.
Still, all-in, I give the Carmencitaco: