La Casita Mexicana, which emerged over fourteen years ago in Bell as one of the Southland's strongest Mexican restaurants for its beautifully appointed regional dishes, authentic chef-driven creations, fresh ingredients, and expansive sauces, has vastly expanded both its space and menu. Over a single week, without disturbing operations, chefs Jamie Martin del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu watched the wall of the neighboring beauty shop get breached so their James Beard-nominated casita could reach dimensions more fitting of a hacienda in their native Jalisco, with room for approximately 100 seats and a coming beer bar strapped with happy hour specials. The refreshed restaurant plans to explore the wines of Baja's Valle de Guadalupe and a bigger menu, featuring new dishes like bone marrow in adobo, blackberry mole, and taquitos inspired by del Campo's college years. Come with us as we take a look at the newly expanded space and eating options at Casita Mexicana in Bell.
Casita Mexicana, 4030 Gage Ave. Bell; 323-773-1898.BEGIN SLIDESHOW