I crave Mexican food on the daily. I usually prepare it at home to ensure I get something authentic. I know you’re probably thinking “you live in Los Angeles where Mexican food practically grows on trees”, with a Mexican restaurant or taco hole in the wall every 200 feet. You’d be surprised how many of those places are just down right BUNK. Then you have the over the top fancy pants places that take Mexican food to a new level and charge a shiny pretty penny to eat there. But what if you just want real authentic Mexican food that tastes like your Mexican Tia made it who is considered the best cook in the family? If that’s the case I have the place for you. Zapien’s Salsa Grill in Pico Rivera. Ayyyyyyy, so good. Just real food that I am always craving. Carnitas and Chicharrónes done right. I fell head over heels in love with the mole, just tasting it on a chip was enough for me to know it was the best. Did I mention they put bacon in the guacamole and chorizo in the refried beans? Yes they do. There are many gems on the menu, including a beautiful assortment dessert plate with a sample of bread pudding, arroz con leche, flan and a pink velvet cheesecake. No wonder they have won Best Mexican restaurant 4 times on LA hotlist since 2007.