Sunday, January 25, 2015

Oaxacan the Line

Tacos go wild at Petty Cash Taqueria


We recently told you where to bank. Today, we tell you what to do with any extra cash lying around.
First, wrangle up an adventurous crowd. You're heading to the old Playa space to commandeer a picnic table at Petty Cash Taqueria, which looks like a location from an '80s Spike Lee movie.
Cocktails on draft are a wise spend, mixed up by Julian Cox (Playa, Picca). Ruminate on how the Oaxacan Old Fashioned is actually new-fashioned, as it contains both reposado tequila and mezcal.
Order the pig ear nachos to start. You’ll dip them in 63-degree egg yolk and crema poblana. Ask for a couple aguachiles en Molcajete, too. These heaping bowls of raw seafood are like ceviche, but supercharged with homemade clamato and Sonoran chiltepin.
And as the name implies, the big draw here are the seven kinds of tacos. Some are tame (baja fish, pork carnitas) and some are loco (octopus, duck gizzard).
Feeling extra Andrew Zimmern-y yet? There’s an “off the menu” taco for you. It contains crickets.

Which is also the sound you might hear when you suggest it to your fellow dining adventurers.

Petty Cash Taqueria
7360 Beverly Blvd. (at Fuller), Mid-City West
(323) 933-5300

Price: 3 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Parking: Valet
Scene: Hipster picnic in a graffitied-out garage
Best bets: 6 tacos for $21; pig ear nachos; cocktails on draft
Nearby: The Grove; El Coyote; Clover Juice Bar

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