We're meeting some out-of-town friends for an early dinner and I was wondering if anyone had some good recommendations for mexican food in the Valley or West LA? Our friends are from NC, where I'm guessing la comida mexicana mas autentica is a little hard to come by.
The difficulty: this place needs to be kid-friendly. As much as I'd love to visit a taco truck (though those places are probably not available for early dinner), my 3yo would probably end up running into traffic, ruining the dining experience for us all.
Personally, I'm not big on the El Torito type of place, but will accept that type of suggestion if it's...well, not El Torito. Or if it's someplace that justifies it's excessive use of shredded cheese with flavor.
Any suggestions? I'm coming from Ventura county and they're staying around LAX, so a midpoint would be nice too.