I usually don’t have a reason to be out on the westside, but this past week I was there a few times so I decided to try out the HR’s from Loteria Grill, some little stall in the Farmers Market that gets lots of press and adoring fans. Supposedly this is one of the only places you can get “authentic” Mexican food around these parts. That’s gotta suck. On a rainy afternoon I ordered the plate above: I was expecting (maybe even hoping?) to not like the dish but it was quite decent, with a spicy salsa ranchera, properly cooked eggs, and an oil dipped tortilla. The menu says “crisp corn tortilla” but that’s hardly ever true at most places, and it wasn’t here. They also give you a side of mashed potatoes with chiles which is a nice surprise, and some black beans in a styrofoam cup, though I don’t understand why they can’t just put them on the plate. It’s a good dish, but at $8.75 and with no chips and salsa, it’s pricier than it needs to be. There’s nothing authentic about an expensive Mexican breakfast dish. And even though that’s a good enough reason to not come back, I actually did..
..since I noticed they had another HR option, one topped with salsa morita. Morita is a small dry chile you mostly find in those small spice bags, though you can get it in bulk at Ranchito Market on Broadway. I use chile morita regularly in my salsas as it has a unique smoky and earthy flavor that goes well with chile arbol, so I had to come back and give this version a try. It was the same dish, only with the different salsa that was hot and savory, and even though it tastes quite good, it was a bit overwhelming for this dish. Plus they tack on an extra dollar for this option, making this dish $9.75 before taxes. Yowza! Somebody on Yelp called this place “White people friendly” and even though the staff was friendly to a fellow brown person, it was odd eating over-priced HR’s surrounded by so many people of palor (as my gringo friend calls them), talking all loud at each other or to their cell phones about nothing in particular. That shit creeped me out!
Like everyone else has said, the food is good but not worth the cost. There’s gotta be better options on the westside, no?
Loteria Grill 323.930.2211
6333 W 3rd St. 90036