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Where we are now: Notes on Mexican food in Los Angeles (long)

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Where we are now: Notes on Mexican food in Los Angeles (long)

ks | Apr 7, 2005 12:35 PM

With apologies to Mr. Waldie, here are my thoughts on the Mexican places that stand out to me as great in LA. I’m constantly looking for new places based on recs from this board, friends, and the paper. But even though it tends to be promoted to visitors to our board as one of our strengths, I’m still not satisfied with this list – I’ve been in LA just over a year and a half. Given the demographics of Los Angeles today, I know I’m missing some amazing food.

Where are you finding great Mexican food in our fair metropolis?

I’ve given my favorites and places I’ve been that I’m eager to explore more. There are places I haven’t been to yet including: Babita, La Huasteca, la Taquiza and Mi India Bonita (soon, soon!). There are other places that have been recommended here that I’ve found disappointing or overrated: La Parrilla in East LA, Super Tortas on Vine, Guelaguetza in West LA, Ciudad, etc. If you like these places, tell me why! I’m especially eager to hear about recs in East LA, downtown, and anywhere south of the 10 between downtown and Culver City.

Downtown area:

Grand Central Market: Ana Maria’s for the tortas and Roast to Go for the tacos.

Mama’s Hot Tamales: more than Mexican, more than tamales. One of my favorite restaurants in LA regardless of type of food.

Senor Fish: I’ve gotten the burritos, not the tacos. Pretty good – maybe not great.

GRAND CENTRAL MARKET
317 S BROADWAY
LOS ANGELES 90013

MAMA'S HOT TAMALES
2124 W 7TH ST
LOS ANGELES 90057

SENOR FISH
422 E 1ST ST
LOS ANGELES 90012

East LA:

King Torta: for the, yeah, tortas. I’ve said it here before, I’ll say it again. It’s all about the bread. The other stuff is really good too, but this is one of the best structured tortas in LA.

Ciro’s: Old school, homey food and the salsas.

El Mercado: Lots of potential here, need to explore more.

KING TORTA
4507 E VALLEY BLVD
LOS ANGELES 90032

CIRO'S RESTAURANT
705 N EVERGREEN AVE
LOS ANGELES 90033

EL MERCADO
3425 East 1st St
Los Angeles 90063

South of Downtown:

Alameda Swap Meet: quesadillas and churros most outstanding – but there is much I still need to investigate

King Taco on Pico: al pastor tacos. I got my first order to go and when I opened the foil they were wrapped in, I thought oh! these little gems. Lovely.

Mercado La Paloma: both Chichen Itza and the other taco stand are great

Alameda Swap Meet
4501 S. Alameda
Los Angeles, 90058

KING TACO RESTAURANT
2020 W PICO BLVD
LOS ANGELES 90026

MERCADO LA PALOMA
3655 S GRAND AVE C6
LOS ANGELES 90007

Further South:

Baja Fish in San Pedro: Dang tasty tacos and awesome tortillas (not made in store, but very fresh).

Cinco de Mayo in Long Beach: Little hole in the wall, very good tortas and great looking soup (but I haven’t been back to try it).

BAJA FISH
611 S GAFFEY ST
SAN PEDRO 90731

Cinco De Mayo
351 Pacific Ave
Long Beach, 90802

West LA:

Juquila: my favorite Oaxacan place so far

Gloria’s Cafe Salvadoran and Mexican: Comfortable, great service, everything I’ve tried so far is tasty.

Don Felix’s Meat Market: Best tortas I’ve found in WLA.

El Nopal: I can’t seem to order anything except the carne asada burrito with guacamole. There’s probably other good stuff here as well, but I don’t know about it.

JUQUILA RESTAURANT
11619 SANTA MONICA BLVD
LOS ANGELES 90025

GLORIA'S CAFE
10227 VENICE BLVD
LOS ANGELES 90034

DON FELIX MEAT MARKET
3987 SAWTELLE BLVD
CULVER CITY 90066

EL NOPAL
10426 NATIONAL BLVD
LOS ANGELES 90034

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