Downtown Appetite: 10 Greatest TakeOut Dishes of 2020

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Little Llama Peruvian Tacos

Chef Jean Valcarcel and Co-Founder Angela Wagner are long-time DTLA culinary enthusiasts who took home the trophy for “most delightful looking tacos in 2020”.

Just take a look! Little Llama’s gourmet tacos are more like art pieces that go up in value with every bite.

Once upon a time, Little Llama’s Peruvian style tacos (made with 100% organic tortillas) could only be found on Sundays at the Smogasburg pop-up, but now, you can order dozens every day of the week at their bright new brick and mortar located at 222 S. Main Street in the Old Bank District. 

Adding Little Llama to the list of Greatest TakeOut Dishes of 2020 was particularly pleasurable because no one can eat just one taco, right? 

At Little Llama, Downtown got the chance to fill our TakeOut plates with beautifully arranged tacos and the consensus was the same. In 2020, DTLA found all Llama’s tacos, tostadas and bowls to be equally great. Especially the Lomo Saltado Taco, a soul-warming combination of Angus steak marinated in garlic and ginger, crispy Yukon gold potatoes, Huacatay aioli, and tomato escabeche. 

The DT had plenty of room to fit Llama’s seared-tuna Tostada Nikkei with its fresh take on classic Elote, featuring a mouthwatering mix of charred corn and aji Amarillo crema. And, we just couldn’t stop. 

Delivery or TakeOut, we made the trip for Little Llama’s Shrimp Ceviche Tostadas topped with Aji Amarillo Leche de Tigre, mango & pickled red onion salsa, cumin guacamole. Then we discovered their Pomegranate-Glazed, gluten-free Roasted Pork Belly with fresh corn polenta, cotija cheese, topped with pomegranate arils; flavors that sent our taste buddies on a virtual vacay to the peaks of the Andes mountains. 

Best of all, Little Llamas Tacos, tostadas, bowls and burritos are affordable ranging between $4-$15. They also offer Chicha Morada, a traditional Peruvian drink made of Andean purple corn infusion, lime, and warming spices. www.littlellamatacos.com

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