Juquila (Santa Monica?)
memelas, tamale dulce. liked the tamale, not too sweet.
Tangy Tomato (Artesia)
Italian/Indian, fusion at times, mostly Italian. reasonably priced entrees and a phenomenally social owner.
Porkyland (Barrio Logan in San Diego)
Carnitas. Only horchata i've ever liked -- nice consistency and delightfully cinnamon. dulceria across the street so i tried her pepino paleta, which is a strangely orange-colored cucumber popsicle -- a nonintuitive color until you taste it. it's spicy.