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Bar Ama

Map & Directions 118 W. 4th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
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In some respects, Chef Jose Centeno's Bar Ama is two restaurants in one. The first serves giant mounds of guacamole, oozy bowls of queso dip and gut-bomb enchiladas smothered in cheese. It's slutty Mexican-American food made with better ingredients than is typical of the genre but with the same emotional underpinnings: salt, fat and a touch of delicious sleaze. The other restaurant has slightly higher ambitions and serves next-generation riffs on Mexican ingredients and California produce. While plenty of customers will be regulars purely for the fat-kid fun of restaurant No. 1, and plenty of food snobs will lean toward restaurant No. 2, the best way to experience this downtown Tex-Mex restaurant is to indulge in both extremes. ¬óBesha Rodell

 
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  • Zach S. on 01/26/13

    I would cut my fucking toes off for these mole enchiladas. Jesus fucking god, this place rules. See you tomorrow, you fucking angel-restaurant.

  • Starry K. on 01/30/13

    Holy SHIT! #1 -we're originally from TX and miss Tex-Mex! #2 -some of the best headcheese (aka 'jamon de cabeza') we've had in a while.. #3 -fucking Leche Quesada/Burnt Milk Pudding FTMFW!!

  • Caroline O. on 08/15/13

    Super Nacho Hour aka happy hour is 5-7pm on weekdays.

  • Claire A. on 05/27/13

    QUESO QUESO QUESO QUESO

  • Michael S. on 01/08/13

    Puffy Shrimp Taco is insanely good!

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