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Great, Cheap, Authentic Mexican in Hollywood

Tdrapkin | Jan 16, 200207:56 PM

I'm almost sad to share my find.

A few months ago, my boyfriend and I were going bowling at the Hollywood Bowling Alley on Santa Monica (just East of the 101). It was a Sunday and we were in need of some tasty food (after a long Saturday night), but we didn't want to get back in the car. So we walk out in front of the bowling alley and what do we find , but quite possibly some of the best Mexican food I've had in LA...

La Bonita... located just West of the Hollywood Bowling Alley, is a family owned diamond-in-the-rough.

It's small (you'd miss it if you blink). With only 4 stools at the counter, and maybe 4 or 5 small tables outside, La Bonita isn't much to look at, but the food more than makes up for it.

It's owned by the son in the family and the two cooks are the abuelieta (grandmother) and the mama (the tio sometimes works as well). On that particular Sunday we had fresh chilaquilles (unbelievable) and chili rellenos (which we watched them stuff, batter and fry right before our eyes).

Since then in the many times we've been back, we've had their carne asada, green chili chicken enchiladas, albondigas, quesadillas... todo son muy buenos!!! All main courses are served with homemade refried beans with great tasting mexican queso and rice (also great).

In speaking with the Uncle I learned a lot about why their food is so good... freshness. Every morning the mother wakes up and comes to the restaurant to make fresh soup for the day. If they sell out by lunch, that's it....no soup for you. In other words they make all of the food fresh everyday, nothing is kept overnight and reheated.

The prices are unbelieveably low, with burritos starting at $4, ranging to a carne plate for about $7.50.

Next time you're in the area, or even if you have to drive an hour to get there... La Bonita is authentic, fresh and some good eatin'!

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