Hi! I'm visiting my sister in LA in two weeks and after living in Miami for the last five months I am DYING for some real Mexican food. I know about El Chollo, and have been there many time. I love the green corn tamales, but this trip, I'm looking for basics: I want luscious carnitas, carne asada with chopped onions, fresh cilantro and a squirt of lime juice, refried beans and homemade chips (bring on the lard!), and hopefully fresh made tortillas. Now that the recent "taco cart ban" appears to have been overturned, I'd like to help support some of the best that LA has to offer - or smaller, "mom & pop" type restaurants where I will be happy to struggle with my meager Spanish if no one speaks English.
Suggestions? I have a week and will be perfectly happy if I eat Mexican food every day.