Best Thing We Ate

Best Thing We Ate: Chorizo Vampiros at Mexicali Taco

By Lesley Balla  |  August 20, 2013

At first glance, a vampiro from Mexicali Taco & Co looks like nothing more than a quesadilla, but one bite and it is so much more. It was a welcome bite driving home after a Downtown outing, just when we needed something quick and meaty. The spot is a smallish storefront filled with fire-engine picnic tables on a block at the end of Figueroa, right before it dumps you onto the 110 (this also makes it very close to Dodger Stadium, so take note if you're heading to Chavez Ravine). Mexicali has fans for its vampiros and carne asada it served from a stand at the corner of 1st and Beaudry, but this is much better than sitting on the street. The food hasn't changed; maybe it's even better.

We skipped the carne asada, even though it truly is some of the best in town, for chorizo. Just a craving. The tortilla was both soft and fresh, a little crisp on the outside, stuffed with chunks of chorizo and cheese. We doused it with one of the fantastic spicy salsas at the bar, and poof. It quickly disappeared. We're the kind of people who plan lunch while eating breakfast, so as we sat back thinking how delicious the vampiro was, we knew what we'd have to get on the next visit: the carne asada cachetada, sort of a tostada-quesadilla hybrid, a grilled corn tortilla topped with cheese, meat and chipotle aioli.