Tacos Clarita lives!


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Do you remember Tacos Clarita? It was a sweet little restaurant located on 4th Street in the heart of Boyle Heights, a house really -- you either had to park on the street or in the driveway if there was room. But the food was delicious -- and different than most Southern California taco stands. You could get carne asada if you really wanted it, but the great stuff there was the Mexico City specialties, like pambazos (like a sandwich dipped in enchilada sauce and then fried), huaraches, stewed nopalitos, and my favorite, huitlacoche quesadillas.

Then suddenly, in 2006, the restaurant disappeared. But Esmeralda Bermudez caught up with the owner, Clarita Trujillo, recently. [UPDATED: An earlier version of this story misspelled Bermudez’ first name.] She’s now cooking at her daughter’s restaurant in El Sereno, also called Tacos Clarita. And the huitlacoche quesadillas are still on the menu.


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