From the mid 80s until the Rodney King riots I was a teacher at Nimitz Jr High in east LA. There was the best family run Mexican restaurant a few blocks away that I would eat lunch at a few times a week. Now I am taking my grown up children to LA for a few days and I want to recapture that old experience - maybe without the constant threat of violence.
So, as a long time NJ hound, I am relying on the advice of my western brethren. Of course I read this board and did some other research and have a few spots in mind, and we are staying in a house on Venice beach, but we will travel anywhere for good food.