Petty Cash Taqueria Opens Tonight
|Interior of Petty Cash Taqueria|
The restaurant features an East L.A. landscape by grafitti artist RETNA, who is one of a few commissioned to provide art. Playa's private room has become a game room, complete with a shuffleboard table.
Manzke makes no attempt to present the restaurant as traditional. "I'm not Mexican, so I try to respect the tradition and do what I can with it."
Esparza views his approach in line with what's currently happening in Mexico. "All the elements are there. There's a bunch of cool new mezcal bars in the Colonia Roma neighborhood of Mexico city. They all have nice lists of mezcals and bar bites that are not necessarily traditional. If you go to an upscale, cool place, you'll find Mexicans know how to play with their cuisine and do interesting things with it. And so you have these bites that are not necessarily traditional, but they're 100% Mexican."
As for the pig ear nachos, Esparza says that "pig ear nachos are like the anti-nachos. Would you see something like that in a bar in Mexico City? It's an absolute possibility. I just see it like a really cool place in Mexico." For Angelenos whose first and perhaps most indelible memories of Manzke's cooking are not Bastide but Church & State, where the chef convinced many guests of the worthiness of pig's ears, the dish is utterly fitting.
The restaurant has a walk-ins only policy; no reservations will be accepted. Petty Cash will be open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Thursdays through Saturdays, Petty Cash will be open from 6 p.m. to midnight.
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