Yxta Cocina Mexicana

I wasn't so sure I liked the surrounding neighborhood of this restaurant. In fact, I was so unsure that I almost drove away, thinking it couldn't be nearly as good as it's yelp page suggested. I was proven so so wrong, however, when I turned the corner, parked my car and walked through the high-fenced entryway into Yxta Cocina Mexicana. It was a garden and warehouse bar all rolled into one with a menu to kill for. 

My friend Joseph and I shared the guacamole, which was perfectly combined and had just the right amount of salt. This is particularly hard to find, because a lot of restaurants tend to serve less flavorful guac (a major problem I have encountered on my culinary adventures in sunny Los Angeles). 

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For my main course, I had the Pollo al Ajillo, and it was magnificent. I had no idea that a Mexican dish could taste and feel like such a refined dinner. It was cooked and served on the bone and drizzled with creamy calabacitas--a medley of zucchini, tomatoes and grilled corn with fresh cream and queso cotija. All of this was lovingly set upon a bed of cilantro lime rice. I'd have to say that this dish was a close to euphoric dining experience. 

Pollo al Ajillo

Bring a group of friends for happy hour and sit outside! Yxta is hip and delicious and much more than you would expect it to be based on its location alone.