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Member Reviews (4)
- CaCao MexicatessenAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 3May 23, 2013
I need MORE duck tacos! I first heard about Cacao on some blog or another but never got around to trying it until the other night with my dad. First of all, parking is tough so keep your eye out for street spots. Second, eat on the cute little patio, especially on a nice summer evening. We made the mistake of eating inside and sat next to a table of the loudest a-holes ever. My dad wondered how they could be so loud when they don't even serve alcohol there! Anyway, the menu has a lot to choose from and the space is small so take your menu and get out of the way if you need time to decide. But be sure to check out the specials! In addition to the regular menu's creative fare, they had some really fun-sounding specials, like a Burrito de Tokyo, with tempura battered fish (I think?), and elk taquitos.
I was hungry and eager to try many of the different menu items I had heard about so I ordered one Carnitas De Pato taco (duck confit taco), one Chicharron de Pato sope (duck chicharron), and one Taco of the Week. My dad and I also shared the Platanos Fritos Con Frijol Negro as a side. This came out first and was such a delight in contrasting flavors and textures. The plantains are fried to a lovely brown and topped with salty, decadent crema and cotija cheese, all on top of well-cooked black beans. So starchy and filling, but I loved it! On to the main course! Right now, the Taco of the Week is the Taco Vampiro de Mariscos: a double-layered taco, with melted Mexican cheese in the outer layer, and tiger shrimp, scallops, white fish, and applewood smoke bacon under a serrano pico de gallo in the main layer. Results? The special was amazing; it had a great smoky heat, and the seafood was just spilling out of it. Since I love duck, the duck confit taco was an automatic win for me, with lots of shredded, succulent duck meat. By the time I hit the sope, I was about out of steam. But I still managed to taste those crispy, fatty duck chicharron, buried within a very generous sope. The rest I took home for later enjoyment. My dad and I also both tried the house-made horchata, which was probably the best I've ever had.
Overall, we both really liked the food here. My only criticisms/concerns would be that the food is pricey and you don't get any sides unless you order a plate (and who charges for chips and salsa?!?). Also, I would hate to go there during a rush, because it is tiny and, as we learned, loud and inconsiderate customers will just dominate the small space with noise. But we are still definitely planning to come back and I hope to try more of their funky creations.
- CaCao MexicatessenJul 25, 2012
So my friends takes me to this small Mexican restaurant near her house in the Eagle Rock section of LA. To say it was amazing is an understatement.mI could not wait to go back again a couple of days later. Very fresh ingredients and exquisite use of spices. Most people come for the hot chocolate which is their claim to fame but I prefer the Horchata.
- CaCao MexicatessenMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6First to ReviewJul 05, 2012
A relatively small Mexican deli-style restaurant right next to the Eagle Rock Trader Joe's. The food here is really amazingly good and fresh -- and being Eagle Rock, very friendly to vegetarians and vegans. Lots of the items on the menu are traditional or non-traditional takes on Oaxacan food, and everything my friends and I ordered was delicious. The staff is also ridiculously friendly and helpful. The space is a little small and the tables are close together, which keeps it from being perfect, but they also do a lively takeout business if the restaurant isn't to your liking.Recommended for:Vegetarian