Owned by the Herrera family and well known to Los Feliz locals Yuca's has been serving up authentic yucatan mexican food since 1976 from a tiny hut on Hillhurst Ave.I first stumbled on to this gem several years ago when I noticed a crowd gathered at lunch time and I've been a big fan since.
My favorite burrito in Los Angeles is hands down the cochinita pibil at Yuca's. It's delicious slow roasted pork yucatan style with beans(cooked with lard...mmm lard) and pico de gallo. Having never tried the cochinita pibil tacos or the carne asada tacos at Yuca's I was curious to see how they measured up to the delicious burritos.
I ordered two tacos, a carne asada and cochinita pibil. There's no salsa at Yuca's which may not sit well with some taco eaters. I've never missed not having a salsa when eating one of their burritos but while eating my carne asada taco I could have really used a salsa roja to even out the dryness of the corn tortilla and the texture of the beef. The carne asada was well prepared and excellent but the small amounts of tomato and onion couldn't provide the right balance every great taco needs. The cochinita pibil on the other hand needed no salsa to provide this balance. The juicy seasoned shredded pork soaked in a hearty gravy that stained the corn tortillas was magical . Any salsa added to this invention may have tarnished it.
cochinita pibil taco
As far as beverages Yuca's offers lemonade and fruit juices. If you want something with more bite head to the liquor store next door for a cold beer or soda. By the time you return to the hut your food will likely be ready. Then just kick back in the patio area or on the hood of your car and enjoy an LA institution.
2056 Hillhurst Ave, Los Feliz 90027 . Asada taco $2 cochinita pibil $1.75