The very best Mexican foods start with the letter T—tacos, tortas, tlayudas. Here we showcase the tastiest “T” bites from the streets of L.A.
You won’t see many Mexican-style pollos rostizados, or rotisserie chicken restaurants in your neighborhood. You’re more likely to find grilled chicken here in L.A., probably (and unfortunately) in the form of a branch of the popular Mexican fast food chain Pollo Loco.
This is surprising since rotisserie chicken is more popular throughout Mexico than grilled chicken, which is really only a northern specialty. Angelenos are more acquainted with the Peruvian version thanks to the success of Western Avenue’s shrine to wood-fired rotisserie chicken: Pollo a La Brasa.
But allow me to direct you to Lennox Pollo. Located below the thundering, underbelly of frequent jet landings at LAX is a Guerrero, Mexico-style chicken specialist that’s worth the trip. The tender birds are fire roasted here with an herbed, achiote marinade. A half-chicken plate ($4.99) comes with mild tomato salsa and tortillas for making tacos. It’s a little over $8 for a whole chicken, and you can get two whole birds with all the fixings for around $14.
The chicken is so moist that you can use a tear of tortilla to tug at the meat and watch it shred off the bone. The skin is well-seasoned and crisp.
But go for the comida especial. You’ll want the sides of beans and rice to raise the level of comfort in your take-out package. After all, there’s no place to sit here, so hop in your car and land this delicious bird.
Lennox Pollo, 10822 S. Inglewood Ave., Inglewood, (310) 672-4850