Beloved local spot Mexikosher is closing tonight, right at sundown. The restaurant managed a mostly happy eight-year run along the kosher corridor of Pico and Robertson.
Mexikosher was an early hit for eventual Top Chef player Katsuji Tanabe. The tiny storefront on Pico Boulevard almost immediately drew fans for its inventive menu that offers completely kosher takes on quality Mexican food. While the restaurant itself was never much to look at, the place became home for a community eager to eat within their cultural boundaries without feeling like they’d sacrificed on flavor or quality.
In time, Tanabe expanded his growing kosher empire to the east, landing a Mexikosher in New York City while working on other projects there and in Chicago. Now he’ll be focusing things on that side of the country, while still operating his new upscale (and very non-kosher) Whittier steakhouse The Nixon as well.
The final dishes will leave the Mexikosher kitchen tonight at sundown, with a menu specifically crafted to fit with the ongoing Jewish holidays.