So... I may have found my new favourite Mexican restaurant in Toronto. Last weekend, T and I decided to spend an evening downtown and ended up in Little Italy (the irony). La Carnita is a beautiful celebration of Mexican street food, music and art. Loud, yes. Crowded, yes. Worth it? YES.
If you're planning a visit, make sure you're either okay with an early dinner or a wait. We arrived at 5:30, and luckily got seated immediately. Not long after, there was already a huge line forming at the door so be prepared!
Negra Modela - mexican brown lager, served in a spiced-rimmed Mason glass!
Mexican street corn with crema, queso anejo, arbol and ancho chilli powder.
(Reminiscing on how delicious this was makes me cry. I'm pretty sure I can eat this, and only this, as a meal.)
Tortilla chips with ancho chilli powder, guacamole, sikil pak and mezcal chipotle liver paté
In Cod We Trust | Voltron sauce, lime crema, pickled red cabbage, green apple and cilantro
Pollo Frito | Peanut mole sauce, pickled green cabbage and salsa fresca
Beef Cheek | Ancho braised cheek, lime avocado, green cabbage, pickled jalapeño and shallots
We then finished off the meal with fresh churros and housemade cajeta, a confection of thickened syrup made from caramelized milk (not pictured, they were long gone before I remembered to snap a pic, oops).
As a final touch, the server gave us this fun print from a local artist.
All in all, it was a scrumptious meal and I would go again. Tomorrow.