It feels like home the second you walk through the door. Well, that, or a party. The staff are lively, open and fun-loving, and their mood is infectious. Patrons from all walks smile, laugh and even dance, all to the scent of chargrilled meats that get slid into handmade award-winning flour tortillas. Dishes get brightened by cabbage and a rainbow of house salsas, and topped by entire strands of grilled green onions. Sonoratown specializes in—you guessed it—Sonoran-style fare, which means tacos, quesadillas and chivis (think: soft chimichangas oozing cheese) all packed with fresh and straightforward ingredients that will have you planning a Northern Mexico vacation with every bite.
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Go for the award-winning "best taco in Los Angeles," stay for the warm welcome from co-owner Jen - who asks each guest for their name (for the order) and responds "great to meet you" after. Their Sonoran-style flour tortillas melt in your mouth in the most perfect way. I ordered the a cucumber agua fresca, carne asada caramelo (large taco) and a chicken chivichanga (small burrito) and the only thing keeping me from ordering the rest of the menu was my full stomach.
Tucked away in the outskirts of downtown lies Sonoratown. You either know of it or you stumble across it on your way back from shopping in the Fashion District. It's a small storefront with limited indoor and outdoor bar top seating. It was my first time visiting on Friday and I witnessed that this place gets packed and can easily have a line out the door. Good thing I got here right before the noon rush.
As the name states, they offer Sonoran-style fare from Mexico. The menu has traditional Mexican street food bites like tacos, chimichangas, and burritos. A simple menu but full of flavor. All of their tacos and other delicious bites are made with their handmade flour tortillas. I wanted to sample from the different meats - currently offered are carne asada, chicken, tripe and chorizo - and I got everything but tripe. I can't say I've ever had tripe but I also didn't want to make this my first time having it . Next time. I ordered one chicken taco, one carne asada taco and one Choriman chorizo caramelo. Caramelo is the next level version of the taco. A burrito-sized tortilla stuffed with some extra add-ons like beans and cheese. It was great. I also ordered one of their agua frescas, which was the orange, pineapple and mango drink. Perfect. Such a thirst quencher on a hot afternoon.