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Thursday 17 October 2019


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EDITOR'S NOTE: An updated version of this article (15 December 2023) is available as part of the Historical section of our Substack page. Check that out here:
[UPDATE: The trailer photographed in this article is no longer on the streets and MichexGod has moved to a bricks and mortar location at 13066 Glenoaks Blvd. a few blocks away. Their setup has some outdoor seating, and two liquor stores on the corner.]

A few months ago during planning to visit the Nethercutt Museum in Sylmar, Google Maps revealed an interesting point on the same block, a place that back then had zero photos and just a few reviews. A bit of further investigation pulled up their beautiful Instagram account and suddenly the little trailer shot to the top of the to do list.

Unfortunately the museum visit coincided with one of the three days MichexGod (Miche X God?) was not on the street, and the wait would have to continue. Thankfully the perfect opportunity presented itself last month when meeting a friend for a short hike in Veterans Park just to the east of Los Angeles' northerly tip. It was still baking back then so a refreshing michelada made for the perfect post-hike reward.

Origin stories are still disputed, but more important are the places the summer drink has gone. In different regions and even from backyard to backyard, tradition is just in the eye of the beholder. There are many different types of drinks that fall under the michelada umbrella these days, but the most important quality is cooling you down (with just a bit of a buzz) on a hot day.

Spending a little time around this trailer, just like spending time in Sylmar itself, is a joy. They place two long collapsible tables under trees with quite a few seats often used by customers waiting for orders. It seems that most take their pre-made michelada mixes and botanas home to enjoy. They also make fish, shrimp, and octopus tacos and quesadillas as well as ceviche tostadas, but these fall into the "secondary" category based on a short investigation of everyone's orders.

Botana with michelada mix.

The Instagram page touts MichexGod as the "home of the virgin & vegan miche," and certainly no beers are being sold here, but if you do not plan a takeout order they'll direct you to the very convenient corner liquor store, which seems to have every Mexican tallboy you might be looking for just for this occasion. Coincidence? By the time you return, your order should be ready.

A botana ($9, above and below) comes served on a cup above their pre-made michelada mix, a small hole allows the straw and some of those juices from the ceviche to get through. Lift up this part, pour in part of your beer, and your day is instantly improved.

The lofty name MichexGod is something to live up to, but when you see your michelada topped with botanas next to that brown-bagged tallboy, it is pretty close to heaven. In the beginning the mix is quite strong and perfect, mellowing out as you top it off with beer refills.

The botana itself is deceptively large, a good amount of food, but as you get close to the bottom and continue to enjoy the camaraderie here on Bledsoe Street, those tostadas and tacos start to sound very tempting. After all, leaving just gets you back to real life faster.

The weather has chilled out a bit lately but an October heat wave seems to be in the forecast with days getting over 30 degrees celsius. These are the perfect conditions to go introduce yourself to the gods.


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