tried out a new place on Friday night called Tako-Cheena by Pom Pom. Owned by Pom Pom of a previous entry entitled ‘hype’ – I wasn’t impressed by her sandwicheria although it is a total darling of the locals and I should probably give it another try. I had read good things about this new venture other than the fact that they only took cash. It is a cross between latin and asian food serving up filled empanadas, takos (not a typo) and asian hot dogs. We invited a friend to join us and headed out for dinner. Take Cheena serves Mexican Coke and Jarritos fruity sodas. I chose Grapefruit which was sweetly tart and refreshing. It actually worked well with the fried foods, cutting the greasy factor. To start we tried a couple of empanadas, one chicken and one beef but I think we were delivered two beef with two sides of chunky salsa. It was a kind of tomatoey beef with some spices and corn and served super hot. For my main meal I ordered an unlikely combo of a Japadog and two tacos. I could totally live without the Japadog – a wierdly textured deep fried dog that could easily be pushed aside. The tacos were excellent though. I ordered two, both on flour tortillas, one panko crusted cod and one deep fried tofu. They had different toppings of salsas and crunchy lightly dressed crunchy slaw. I couldn’t stop tearing through them, crunching along and tasting the bright salsa and slaws. Finishing with Z’s favorite churros I wished we would have tried the apple potstickers. Next time.