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Mexicali Taco Triumphs With New Pandemic-Proof Takeout Restaurant in San Gabriel

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The second location of Mexicali Taco promises even more carne asada, flour tortillas, and vampiros for the masses

A quesadilla and vampiro on a bright red table at a Mexican restaurant.
Mexicali Taco and Vampiro
Cathy Chaplin
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Mexicali Taco’s second location is here. The new San Gabriel walk-up stand — formerly a Wienerschnitzel, pitched A-frame roof and all — at 1811 S. San Gabriel Boulevard opened for friends and fans and curious onlookers last night, with a formal announcement of its arrival coming on social media just an hour ago.

Mexicali is the first love of celebrated international chef Esdras Ochoa, who made his bones in Los Angeles as a street vendor before opening Mexicali, then Salazar, and then restaurants across the globe including in India and Hong Kong. The popular chef is perhaps most famously known now as a competitor on the hit Netflix food competition series the Final Table back in 2018. Ochoa also recently opened a restaurant named Reunion 19 in Austin, Texas.

As for this new Mexicali Taco, expect the same collection of tacos, quesadillas, vampiros, and more, with socially-distanced picnic tables set up in the parking lot. The plan is to also let customers order in advance and have someone deliver the food directly to their vehicle in the same large parking lot, sort of a modern carhop setup for this coronavirus pandemic times.

Mexicali Taco is now open in the San Gabriel Valley, keeping hours from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday (closed Sunday).

Menu at Mexicali San Gabriel on a board with prices.
Menu at Mexicali San Gabriel
A pitched red roof with a sign for a taco restaurant, shown at night.
The new Mexicali Taco
Matthew Kang
Small outdoor dining area at Mexicali San Gabriel
Small outdoor dining area at Mexicali San Gabriel
Matthew Kang

Mexicali San Gabriel

1811 S. San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel, CA 91176