The Best of SoCal Restaurants: Taste of Mexico

The second outing of a popular food fare rounds up the most flavorful plates.

If you're a Southern California local, the conversations you have with people who live elsewhere run along these lines. A) Have you seen a movie star? B) Can you really wear a swimsuit in January? C) What's an earthquake like? And D) Do you really have a full cornocopia of authentic Mexican food, as culinary legend has it?

And the answers? A) A lot of us have, yes, but it is best not to make a fuss B) Sometimes, depending on rain C) shaky/jolty and D) YES. Big, big yes.

We are blessed and lucky to live among dozens if not hundreds of masterful chefs purveying in the art of fine and authentic Mexican food. And, for the second year, several (several = nearly twenty) local restaurants will gather to make the best Mexican food outside of Mexico. Yep, that's LA culinary pride right there.

It's called Taste of Mexico, it's happening on Friday, Nov. 30, and the location is Vibiana downtown. Dishes upon dishes'll be set out for tasting, along with tequila and libations from Baja wineries. Representing will be Frida, Red O, Connie's Seafood, and Loteria Grill, and eaters should plan on tastes from every region of the country, from ocean to desert.

As you can imagine, tickets go zippity fast for this night. They're fifty bucks, while VIP/get-in-early admissions are $70. Call the night research in addition to pleasure; you'll need to tell all of those friends living elsewhere how good our Mexican food is, right? Staying up on who is cooking what is just backing up your assertions.

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