Sunday, August 20, 2006
Cubanas on Olvera Street
My folks have been in town this week and on Friday we kicked off a downtown tour with lunch at La Golondrina, housed in the oldest brick building in Los Angeles. It's centered on Olvera Street, a touristy historic landmark in downtown, filled with market stalls selling Mexican wrestling masks, guayaberas and brightly colored tchotchkes.
Most of the restaurants on the street have pleasant, shaded patios and serve fairly authentic Mexican dishes. Mole tacos, spinach enchiladas, and chile verde pork graced our lunch table and all were fine examples of the cuisine, if a bit expensive.
The highlight of the meal was a new-to-me, bright and refreshing drink: La Cubana. Here's whatcha do: rim a beer glass with salt. Fill with ice, pour in a 1/4 c or so of fresh lime juice. Fill the remaining part of the glass with beer--Dos Equis and Tecate were our choices. Fabulously yummy--a Mexican version of Rachael's (of Fresh Approach Cooking) Summertime Shandy.
W-17 Olvera St
Los Angeles, CA 90012