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Recession Obsession: Yuca’s x2 in Los Feliz

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Got Burrito? | Photo by Caleb Bacon (@thecalebbacon) for LAist
A Recession Obsession is, 1) a meal so great that it sticks in your mind long after digestion's end, and, 2) plays nice with your sensitive wallet. Is there a better place than Los Angeles to eat a wide variety of amazing food that so happens to be inexpensive? Probably not. We're as lucky as we are well fed. We last obsessed over looking at Dumplings and Old School Pie. Today we obsess...

Yuca’s on Hillhurst is a Los Angeles institution. This shack-in-a-parking-lot serves award-winning Mexican fare praised by crowds of both the working class and upper crust. Their entire, wonderful menu is very cheap, making Yuca's a perfect Recession Obsession.

I know those who swear by their tacos, while others insist on their burritos. I also know those who swear by their burgers, while others insist on bypassing beef altogether. Depending on my stomach’s spacial necessity of the day, I vote either tacos or burritos. From there, it’s always pork for me. Either Yuca's cochinita pibil or carnitas.

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Their hard-enough-to-find specialty is cochinita pibil, Yucatan-style pork that’s marinated in an acidic juice, like orange juice. It’s a robust, colorful pork dish whose taste really comes when featured in a taco. Some of the taste gets lost in the complications of a burrito, but I'm still a fan (the above picture is just that.) While a cousin to carnitas, there’s a lot more to this type of pork. Trust the fans who come from miles away.

A few years ago Yuca’s On Hollywood a mile from their classic original stand. It features longer hours, an extended menu, and all of the favorite of Yuca’s at the same low bargain prices. Thanks Yuca!

  • Yuca's | 2056 Hillhurst Ave | Los Angeles 90027