5/03/2012 03:45:00 PM

The Highland Park Restoration Continues With La Cuevita, Opening Friday

La Cuevita
Highland Park is morphing from a culinary wasteland of primarily taco stands into a destination dining 'hood. The shift was noticeable when Italian eatery Maximiliano by the Oinkster crew recently opened, followed by Ba - the French Bistro from restaurateurs James Graham and Julia Latané,and now La Cuevita from the 1933 Group rounds out the trifecta.

Walk past the 100-year old church doors to the former Little Cave dive location – ok, it’s still a little divey, but it’s now more of an Old-World-style Mexican grotto with the original exposed brick walls and agave spirits flowing. No surprise here, the 1933 Group own a slew of trendy bars around town from the Thirsty Crow in the east to Oldfield’s Liquor Room out west.
Follow the reclaimed wood remnants, stained glass lighting and iron fixtures out to the side or back patios for Taco Tuesday night where you can score free tacos and $5 Margaritas - don’t miss the jalapeño version with honey. Last Call Tacos (who have created a following in Silver Lake), has a grill set up for dishing out fresh corn tortillas for tacos with your choice of carne asada, chicken and pork pastor. An array of fresh green and red salsas are set out for toppings but be sure to ask for a side of rice, beans and chips if you’re really hungry.

Pull up a worn leather stool for a the Mezcalada made with Mezcal and Clamato that is blended with roasted pablano peppers, fresh lime juice, topped with Corona and rimmed with house-smoked salt; or a La Cuevita with Del Maguey Crema de Mezcal, St. Germain, fresh lime juice and ginger beer. While tequila and mescal is taking center stage, other tipples include Old Overholt Rye with mole and Tito’s Vodka with fresh berries.

For the grand opening on May 4, and Cinco de Mayo on May 5, La Cuevita is offering free tacos from 9 PM-close and $2 Dos Equis beer (5922 N. Figueroa St., 323-255-6871).

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