McKenzies Recommenzies: Lupe’s East LA Kitchen!!!

photoI’ve walked by Lupe’s every Monday night for the past 6 years (that’s roughly 312 times folks) and never ventured in… until a few weeks ago for a dinner date with my friend Jason.

After my recent trip home to San Diego, I got a craving for mexican food and Lupe’s hit the spot. Lupe’s serves up fresh LA-style Mexican food in a no frills setting on the edges of southwestern Soho that is open late, serves relatively cheap food, offers quick service and has delicious albeit a little greasy (in a good way!) Mexican food.

The decor is really great with its their bright neon Lupe’s sign, tiny diner style tables squished next to each other, vinyl lined diner booths, and a shrine to the Virgin Mary in the corner.

Order the salsa fresca and tortilla chips…. they are perfectly salted and a heaping bowl of both clocks in at just $1.50. Then go wild with their very large menu where most entrees are served with rice, beans and salad. Since I have a weakness for enchiladas (something about the ooey gooeyness of the cheese gets me!) I went with the enchiladas suizas which come filled with chicken and cheese and smothered in a green chili sauce. They’ve got all your Tex-Mex favorites like burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, chile relleno, tacos, marinated meats, and more.

Lupe’s is a great spot that is down to earth, has affordable prices, great fresh LA-style Mexican food, and friendly, quick service in a neighborhood that can sometimes be too pretentious for its own good. Viva Lupe’s!

Lupe’s East LA Kitchen

110 6th Avenue (at Watts Street)

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