This week, I am trying to round up my past visit to all the LA area restaurants that I recently tried before I left for Asia. And Homegirl Cafe is strongly recommend by a good friend.

Ms. E indicated to me that Homegirl Cafe is place not to miss out because of the different Latin American marinated meats they have for their tacos. And she was right, there are so many different things that I have never imagined or heard of before.

We started off with a couple of their signature (non-alcoholic) drinks – Angela’s Potion – Spinach and Mint Limeade for $2.75 and Sarah’s Drink Raspberry and Mango for $2.75, as well. When I saw the spinach and mint combo, I was like, “Hmmm I have to try that!” This strange concoction had savory components as well as a minty taste – strange but appealing. I enjoy drinks that try to go off the ledge with flavors that dance on your tongue. The Raspberry and Mango was a bit too ordinary for me. We also started off with roasted Pineapple Guacamole, served with chips for $7.

Next off, we tried the Roasted Corn – Topped with sour cream, cotija cheese, cayenne pepper & lime for $6. With a couple of orders, we figured we would get two cobs to share, but we were mistaken. Were we expecting Mexican Corn like Cafe Habana in NYC, but two bowls of, what looked like canned corn, came out. We were initially supremely disappointed. But after a couple of hesitate spoonful tastes, we were hooked. This was probably the best dish that we had. The spices with the sour cream were like the ones we had in NYC. The cheese melded well for the four of us to quickly clean up the bowls just before our tacos arrived.

We had orders of the following . . .
Salmon with jalapeño pesto & pico de gallo and cilantro
Cochinita with habanero pickled onions & cilantro
Grilled Chicken with tamarind & orange salsa with onions & cilantro
Taco de frijoles pinto beans with pico de gallo & cotija cheese and cilantro
Carne asada with panile (peanut & chipotle) sauce, lettuce & radishes and cilantro
Carnitas with spicy apple & tomatillo salsa and cilantro
Homemade Pork Chorizo with pinto beans and pico de gallo and cilantro,
Green Chicken mole with serrano peppers, roasted pumpkin seeds & cilantro

I remember trying a bite from almost all the different tacos. The Green Chicken Mole stood out with the mole flavors. The carnitas and chorizo also stood out. The peanut & chipotle sauce on the carne asada was also quite good. I apologize for not giving more definite descriptions to the tacos, but there were so many that I would recommend you trying a few yourself.

Homegirl cafe and Homeboy industries has a great story of having providing opportunities for young adults with gang histories. Please check out the cafe as well as their restaurant for more information.

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Homegirl Cafe and Catering
130 W Bruno St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Chinatown
(213) 617-0380