Cacao Mexicatessen

Cacao Mexicatessen stands out from the pack of Mexican restaurants in Eagle Rock for its commitment to tradition, especially in paying homage to the ancient chocolate drink concocted by Aztecs and Mayans. Andrew Lujan, along with his wife and his two sisters, opened the small café and deli last summer, next to the family’s flower shop, Eufloria. Christy Lujan (Andrew’s sister) makes all kinds of tacos, tortas, and burritos, but the hearty platillos are what really shine. And no dish is more fun than Tres Puercitos, a pig-shaped clay bowl loaded with crumbled house-made chorizo, pull-apart carnitas and Yucatán-style cochinita pibil (shredded pork topped with pickled onions), which, like all the plates, comes with a tiny pot of queso-dusted pinto beans and an Aztec pyramid of rice planted with a tiny Mexican flag.

sweet seats

Indoors, grab the corner table near the window, away from the line. The westernmost table on the plant-lined patio is the catbird seat for fresh air and bird-watching.

chew on this

Cacao’s happy hour (Tues.–Fri. 3 PM–5:30 PM) offers six options under $5, including chicken taquitos with mole poblano, squash blossom tostaditas and the Mojado Dog, a bacon-wrapped hot dog with grilled onion, jalapeño and mayo.


Tues.–Sat. 8 AM–9 PM; Sun. 8 AM–8 PM
closed Monday; no reservations

price range

$7.50 (quesadilla suprema) to $20.95 (surf and turf fajitas)