La Casita Mexicana

4030 E. Gage Ave.
Bell, CA 90201
323-773-1898
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La Casita Mexicana +

Anne Fishbein Enchiladas tres moles

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  • Tue.-Sun., 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • $$
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Catering, Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available, Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Accepted
Part art gallery, part banquet space: It’s hard not to be transfixed by the colorful, traditional decor lining the walls at La Casita Mexicana. But rest assured, it’s the soulful flavors in each regional Mexican dish that will haunt your memory for days afterward. The stellar cooking and rustic charm of one of the city’s most iconic and revered Mexican restaurants is as pronounced as ever, even as its chef duo — Jaime Martín del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu— rises to new levels of stardom. The heart of the menu is the lush moles, each as vivid and distinct as a Frida Kahlo portrait. But there’s a great deal of pleasure in less publicized dishes, too: meltingly tender beef shank in tangy guajillo chili sauce, unabashedly gooey queso fundido and smoky sheets of carne asada with grilled cactus. The hardest decision, though, comes at dessert, when you’ll be forced to choose between caramel-filled churros and ultra-rich flan. A trip to Bell without at least one seems unthinkable. —Garrett Snyder

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