Mexican Food Week here at Zagat, it only felt right to seek out some new Mexican dishes we haven't had yet around LA. First up, trucking out to Whittier for a few bites and aguas frescas margaritas at Bizarra Capital. The restaurant, as much a beer-centric gastropub as a family Mexican restaurant, is helmed by chef Ricardo Diaz, who's also a part of the Cook's Tortas and Guisados clan. For most of us, Whittier is a haul, but we can honestly say Bizarra is worth the drive, especially for the chorizo verde tostada - which we first tasted at an event last fall and which was even better in the restaurant - the fresh ceviches, tacos and other bites.
The ceviche tostadas most impressed us this weekend, ours filled with white fish and shrimp, big pieces of cool cucumber and silky avocado on crisp tortillas. It was so fresh, tangy and bright; just delicious. And the pato taco, a puffy fried gordita topped with tender duck carnitas and a sweet chocolate-orange salsa, was a treat. Considering we only had a few things off the pretty extensive menu, we know we'll get back out there soon, especially for the mole fries we saw everyone else eating. Next time.