For its happy hour, Yxta has a one-page menu of beer and margaritas alongside a small selection of tacos and tostadas. You'll munch on chips and two different salsas given shortly after you're seated, while musing over which appetizers to order. When done well and at gratis no less, tortilla chips like the ones at Yxta remind you that a good chip -- crisp, not greasy and salted just so -- is not always easy to find. On the slightly thicker side, their chips arrive in the basket, all puffed up and crunchy from a longer stay at the deep fryer.
Vibe: Yxta Cocina Mexicana is located on the corner of a strip mall, in a part of the Arts District where a restaurant might not see much foot traffic and thus probably not so much accidental visiting. It's more likely that the group of six sitting near the bar made plans to meet there.
With enough glasses on the table for a party of ten, our Tequila Ocho dinner at Yxta was complete. Yxta is a labor of love and passion that you can taste in every bite.