Top Ten Mexican Restaurants: No. 8, November 2010

For a hut with a vinyl awning and plastic garden chairs in the parking lot, Yuca’s exerts an irresistible pull. Generations have grown up eating at Socorro and Dora Herrera’s Los Feliz institution. Some can’t drive along Hillhurst without grabbing a juicy carne asada burrito. Some are drawn by the cochinita pibil sandwiches, the pork slow-cooked in a banana leaf, laced with achiote, and piled onto a sourdough roll dabbed with mayo. Others answer the call of the vaporcitos, thin Yucatecan tamales served on Saturdays. But lots of us come to enjoy Socorro, big armed, bighearted, ensconced at her post for 34 years.