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Map & Directions 514 W. 7th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
  • Peruvian
  • Mon-Sat 11:30am-3pm, Mon-Sat 5pm-12am
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Recommended
  • Street Parking, Valet Parking


LA Weekly's Description

The downtown restaurant feels like a hot spot with design elements meant to conjure and nod to a street stall. In the front room, along one side, hand-scrawled signs are strung up on colorful squares of paper above the glassed-in kitchen; in the back room, the red walls are decorated with artist Kozem's graffiti lettering of the restaurant's name, as well as a streetware-clad alpaca wielding a spray paint can. There's a lot of concrete — the columns, the floors — and it's all very industrial and very, very loud.

On the right night, with the right dishes, Mo-Chica is serving up loud, raucous, colorful food in a loud, colorful, raucous room that celebrates Peru, Los Angeles and the exceedingly fun intermingling of the two.

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  • allmylenny
    allmylenny wrote a review for Mo-chica
    on 02/28/13

    Mo-Chica is easily my favorite restaurant in DTLA.

    We ordered:
    Albacore Ceviche: I expected this to be more traditionally prepared. Instead, this had nice slices of fresh albacore slightly wading in a sauce.
    Chicharron de Pollo: Again, I expected some deep fried chicken skin yum! This had more meat than expected and was more of a chicken nugget. It was still tasty though.
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Tips from foursquare

  • Los Angeles Times on 05/30/13

    If you want a pisco sour, you're in the right place: The foamy, tart, lightly bitter version of the Peruvian national cocktail flows like water.

  • Eater on 10/04/11

    Food & Wine's Best New Chef 2011 award winner Ricardo Zarate crafts modern Peruvian plates out of a no frills casual market stall in downtown's Mercado La Paloma. [Eater 38 Member]

  • LA Weekly on 12/29/10

    Featured in LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants!

  • LA Weekly on 01/29/13

    Mo-Chica is serving up loud, raucous, colorful food in a loud, colorful, raucous room that celebrates Peru, LA & the fun intermingling of the two! Featured at PLATE - LA Weekly's Food Event 3/3/13!

  • LA Weekly on 06/28/13

    Featured at LA Weekly's First Annual Tacolandia along with Zarate's sister restaurants Paiche and Picca serving delicious Tacos con chicharron de chancho!

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