This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.
This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.
Cocktail Review: Casa Cocina y Cantina's Cocktails
New downtown Mexican restaurant Casa Cocina y Cantina had a press release boasting a menu "unlike any other Mexican restaurant menu in Los Angeles." But we couldn't help but wonder if that held true to its cocktail list as well. So we stopped by on a very chill Wednesday night and met with Billy Fanning, the restaurant's mixologist.
His specialty cocktail menu is a mix of traditional Mexican staples, unique creations and seasonal concoctions and of course we had to try several.
Glancing at the menu, you quickly pick up that the cocktails are primarily comprised of fresh juices, herbs and housemade mixers. Very promising.
Billy had nice back stories about how each cocktail came to be but we knew that how they tasted would be the only story that mattered in the end.
To his credit, Billy was a very good sport who was open to our suggestions. He had no illusions about this new restaurant. After all, it just opened and is still getting its bearings, still trying to figure things out.
In the end of our visit we found the Gran Casa Margarita and the lavender margarita to be our favorites of the bunch and would definitely order those again...and again. BTW, the house margarita on the rocks, although perfect for those who don't like sweet drinks, seemed heavy on the ice and short on the liquid.
Quick food suggestion, we tried all four tacos and found the Tacos Al Pastor ($9) -- with spit-roasted pork, tomatillo avocado sauce, cilantro and shaved onion -- to be the best. It was the most flavorful and had yummy crunchiness. Our absolute favorite of the tacos. Oh and order the Guac y Mole but ask for it with the housemade hot sauce. You won't be able to stop eating those chips with that combo. Dangerous!
Cruise off the highway and hit locally-known spots for some tasty bites.
Los Angeles-based restaurant owners rejoice as a new ordinance makes its way to the city council.
The new season of LAist Studios' WILD podcast is a fictional rom-com set in Southeast L.A. Diners play a big role in fostering conversation between the shows' two hosts this season. Here are host Erick Galindo's must-visit L.A. diners — whether you like breakfast or not.
The new season of LAist Studios' WILD podcast is a fictional rom-com set in Southeast L.A. Donuts play a big role in episode two of the show. Here are some of our favorite, wildly creative, and iconic donut shops in Los Angeles.
Cheap Fast Eats, Koreatown After Dark! Asian American Pizza, Hot Cheeto-Encrusted Corn Dogs And MoreCheap Fast Eats visits one of L.A.’s most distinctive neighborhoods for some nighttime bites.
How to get the best eggs in town without leaving your yard.