Mexicali Taco & Co. | Downtown | Mexican | Restaurant
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Mexicali Taco & Co. began as a taco trailer on First and Beaudry that was best identified by the large plume of smoke drifting upward toward the downtown skyline. With its newish brick-and-mortar location, a hip-music-blasting space located on Figueroa just before it hits the Pasadena freeway, the surreal joy of having access to those tacos nightly has yet to fade. A trip to Mexicali isn't really complete with an vampiro, a northern Baja favorite that consists of a thick flour tortilla lined with white Mexican cheese and a generous dousing of roasted garlic sauce, mellowed out but still pungent enough to send wild animals scampering. You could add in chorizo, carne asada or pollo -- all are chopped with a huge meat cleaver whose dull thud-thud sounds fill the kitchen.

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