Normally the thought of vegan food makes me cringe. However, Hijo De Su Madre has me rethinking the way I view meatless meals. This vegan food truck launched their first brick-and-mortar restaurant in Westwood, serving Mexican food with Yucatecan flavors.
I ordered online for pick up. Tacos are $5.49 each and there’s a Choose Any Three special for $14.25 where you can choose three items – from tacos, sides, desserts and aqua frescas. I went with three tacos so I could sample more flavors. My favorite of the bunch was the Phat Hass – beer-battered and deep fried Hass avocado, fresh pico, chipotle cream and pepita cilantro slaw. The spiciness of the chipotle cream really made this dish come alive.
The other two tacos I tried paled in comparison. Jeff’s Breakfast Hash – seasoned soyrizo, potato hash, guacamole and tomatillo salsa – tasted mostly of potatoes. I love cochinita pibil and was curious to see how their No Stas Cochinita – with organic jackfruit, corn and black beans -would measure up. I feel this one fell short as the flavor that came through were the tanginess of the jackfruit, though the corn was super fresh and crunchy.
You can also get a burrito or bowl for $14.75. The burritos come with your choice of filing, garlic and onion quinoa (instead of rice), black beans and cabbage. My husband enjoyed his Jeff’s Breakfast Hash burrito, which also came with guacamole and tomatillo salsa.
On a second visit, I opted for the Phat Hass bowl, which was served on top of a bed of quinoa, black beans and cabbage. I felt a little guilty for eating all that deep-fried avocado but could rationalize it because the dish had quinoa. I did demolish way too many of their housemade tortilla chips, which comes with their tasty tomatillo salsa, to scoop up every last bit of this dish.
While I may never be a vegan, Hijo De Su Madre gives me an opportunity to feel like I’m eating healthy, but without sacrificing flavor. Besides, any restaurant where my husband eats quinoa and doesn’t complain gets a gold star in my book.
Location – 2180 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Website – https://www.mihijodesumadre.com
Kid’s Menu – n/a
Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly – Yes
Gluten-Free Options –Yes