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Authentic and gourmet Mexican quesadillas and pambazos in East LA.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Nina's Food Restaurant Review

: The food truck phenomenon started with Mexican food trucks, so we’ve got to give props to a long and revered tradition. While it’s hard to choose, perhaps Nina’s Food in Boyle Heights is the most outstanding in the category. Owner Nina Garcia is known for her dynamic Mexico City-style quesadillas and “pambazos.” Unlike other fickle and unpredictable, Twitterable darlings, Nina’s Food can usually be found reliably in East LA at the vibrant Breed Street night market scene (at Cesar Chavez), which is a gastronomic experience unto itself. Here, sample her wickedly good handmade huitlacoche quesadillas (that’s corn fungus, technically, but remember truffles are fungus too). Another signature item is Nina’s savory “pambazo”---a bolillo (bread) dipped in guajillo chile sauce and filled with potato and chorizo. What puts it over the top is her rockin’ salsa seca, a mix of chopped dried chilies, pepitas, sesame seeds and peanuts---don’t miss it.
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