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Bar Ama

118 W. 4th St. (S. Main St.) Send to Phone
213-687-8002 | Menu
Tex-Mex cuisine in downtown Los Angeles from chef Josef Centeno.
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Bar Ama, Los Angeles, CA

Bar Ama Restaurant Review

: Chef Josef Centeno’s Bar Amá is just down the street from his ultra-popular Bäco Mercat. Here he pays homage to his mother, grandmother and Tex-Mex roots with a menu featuring hearty fare like menudo and lengua carnitas, but prepared with a sense of style and sophistication. Puffy tacos are a specialty, and don't forget the pork belly chicharrón or enchiladas in mole. Other notable dishes include goat hash with watercress, fried egg and salsa verde; cauliflower with cilantro pesto and pine nuts; and fried Brussels sprouts with green olives and cilantro crema. Call ahead for a coffee-and-chile-rubbed whole goat, slowly roasted. The bar dispenses a wide selection of tequilas and mezcals, chile-spiked cocktails and a short but interesting roster of wines. On tap are beers from Mexico, plus others handcrafted in L.A. Desserts include pineapple upside-down cake and a fennel pollen-dusted leche quemada (“burnt milk”) pudding similar to butterscotch. Like Bäco Mercat, the digs are totally casual, with a high noise level bouncing off an industrial space warmed by reclaimed wood.

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