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Pez Cantina – Downtown Los Angeles! Vamos!

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Pez Cantina, a beach inspired new Mexican restaurant in downtown Los Angeles on Bunker Hill.  Former executive chef of Patina, Bret Thompson is cooking some Baja classics with a fresher touch.

The space is airy and open to the outside business complex with a nice bar area and friendly staff.   As for the food, some of the best Mexican food I have had in years.

 

 

 

 

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The margarita’s are icy cold and with our weather in Los Angeles, they really hit the spot.  There is an extensive list of beer, wine and tequila to please everyone.

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For starters, the Fresh Oysters are a must.  The unique Spicy Tomato Raspado (granita) and Jalapeno Lime Picosito (mignonette) were outstanding.  I wished I had ordered more!

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If you are looking for something a little unique and loaded with flavor, I recommend the Shrimp and Chicharron Diablo.  This delightful opener is fresh shrimp and chunks of pork in a light red chili sauce that is not hot, but loaded with flavor. Garbanzo beans are delicately folded in for texture and served with a Habanero Mustard Sauce.  Pile this Mexican treat on top of crunchy lettuce leaves and I bet you beg for more?!

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The tacos are outstanding too.  The Fried Fish Taco, you can get grilled or fried, was light and airy.  The flavors are so nice, I haven’t enjoyed a fish taco like this in a while.  The Carnitas Taco is another treat, loaded with slow cooked pork and seasoned perfectly.

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For entrees, Pez Cantina has an array of specialties — Guajillo Braised Beef Cheek, Pibil Pork Shank and the Whole Fried Daily Dive, but I fell in love with the Molcajete.  The Molcajete was a simmering Tomato Chili Stew with Chorizo, Shrimp, Nopal, Menonita (cheese), Seared Beef and Carnitas.  It was a great dish to share and comes with freshly prepared corn tortillas.  The broth was so fragrant and loaded with flavor, I can’t recommend it enough.

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Chef Thompson has created a real delight with Pez Cantina, I can hardly wait to go back.  The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily, except on Sundays.

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