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Myke’s Cafe ~ Pacoima

11:13 AM PST on November 10, 2015

In the city of Pacoima, there is a wonderful local Mexican eatery that sits in the heart of Mural Mile. Between San Fernando Road and Bradley Avenue, you'll find Myke’s Cafe. A restaurant honored by artists and enjoyed by locals. This was my first time here, as I was invited by photographer Frankie C. to enjoy some local eats.

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The moment you step foot in Myke’s Cafe you'll notice its walls are covered in art. It's all curated by chef & owner Rafael Andrade, who has given local artists a space to showcase their talents. From the suggestion of chef Rafael I tried three tacos on the menu: the shrimp taco, kale taco and the grilled chicken taco. All sounded good and were also recommended by my guide, Frankie C.

The plate arrives quickly after ordering, and has all three tacos in a neat row. The first one I try is the grilled chicken taco, which looks amazing. The chicken is juicy and flavorful. The tortillas melts with each bite. The smooth texture of the taco's components compliments the chicken so well. Did I mention the tortillas are freshly handmade? Not enough tacos spots or restaurants do this, and it definitely separates the great from the good.

The shrimp taco is marinated in garlic sauce, and comes dressed in cabbage and a honey habeñero aioli. The shrimp are plump, juicy, and spicy. As I keep eating, the honey habeñero starts to assert itself, and compliment the shrimp, with the cabbage spreading the wealth of flavor across the entire taco.

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Lastly the kale taco (pictured below) is up to plate and it does not disappoint. This taco combines moist chicken with fresh kale, and is topped off by an addicting mayo-based chipotle sauce. The chef tells me he uses this sauce on couple other dishes as well: the mushroom burger and the turkey & chicken wraps. I will definitely be trying theses other menu items next time I'm at Myke's, just to get my fill of that chipotle sauce.

If you love murals and public art, then you probably already know that the mural mile in Pacoima is a must-visit. While doing a tour, drop in at Myke’s Cafe for a bite, and live that #tacolife the right way. To see more of the menu, take a look at and also give them a follow on IG @mykescafe.

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