Say it with me, eeks’-tah. Yxta Cocina Mexicana (sister restaurant to Highland Park’s El Arco Iris) is located on the outskirts of downtown, a stones throw from the surging Historic Core, the shiny new South Park. and the office workers of bunker hill. But somehow people are still filling into this Mexican restaurant located in a mini mall next to the self proclaimed “L A’s Best Deli & Cafe”.
The cocina is bubbling with activity. Office co-workers enjoy Happy Hour specials, friends get together for Mexican beers or margarita’s made with a house made sour and couples are cozied up at the bar for fresh guacamole, authentic modernized Mexican food featuring handmade tortillas, slow-cooked carnitas and mole enchiladas, made with Salmon Creek natural pork and Shelton’s free range chicken.
The decor, designed by New York architect Poonam Khanna, compliments the neighboring warehouses. A large open space, with concrete walls, Mexican artwork, community dining and swirling lights. The service is decent, slow at times, but the food here is good, and affordable, which keeps people coming back for the fresh authentic dishes and family style cooking.
TIPS: Come by for happy hour 4-7pm, Monday through Saturday – $5 margaritas, $3 beers and $6 appetizers. $1 valet parking at lunch, free parking in the evening.