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Mexicali Taco & Co celebrates and serves cuisine that belongs to the Baja region in Mexico. The chefs here follow traditional recipes and use authentic ingredients in the kitchen, thereby lending unique flavors to their dishes. Tortillas, tacos, quesadilla, and many other Mexican delights are served along with sides and tasty sauces. Mexicali Taco & Co also offers catering services for private events and parties.
Yxta is not your run-of-the-mill Mexican joint. Located on the fringes of the gentrified downtown LA, at the gateway to the warehouse district, it does not rely on human traffic to bring business. Rather, it depends on the word of mouth inspired by its refined cuisine, democratic prices and jaunty vibe to pull in the crowds - and appreciative gourmands have been responding enthusiastically. Equally conducive to spur-of-the-moment happy-hour layovers and special occasions, Yxta welcomes patrons in its spacious, brass-coated room, elegant and friendly, with an option of outdoor seating on the front patio. The menu offers a wide variety of ethnic favorites, executed expertly and with flair, and a great wine list to go with it. Ample parking always available in the lot is a nice bonus.
With locals and tourists alike singing the praises of this simplistic eatery, the tallies are in, and Guisados is one of the most beloved Mexican restaurants in all of Los Angeles. Following the belief that food should be like mom once made it, Guisados devised a simple and succinct menu focusing on the end-all-be-all of Mexican cuisine; the taco. Starting with the daily made from scratch masa tortillas, perfectly braised meats like chorizo, chicken, steak, pastor, shrimp, fish, and pork are seasoned and simmered and topped with fresh avocado, black beans, red bell peppers, red onions and more to create the best taco you'll ever taste. Their steak picado with bacon and green serrano chile is a local favorite with robust flavors that will have you coming back for more. Best of all aside from the tacos is the price, at USD2.50 a taco, a meal at Guisados is not only delicious, it's budget friendly.
Chichen Itza is a Yucatan food counter inside Mercado la Paloma market. This family operated business serves delicious chicken tacos and papadzul. The papadzuls are corn tortillas with roasted pumpkin seed and epazote sauce. It is stuffed with a hard boiled egg and topped with tomato sauce. Portions at the Chichen Itza are excellent and prices are reasonable. The restaurant does not serve alcohol.
For a taste of the best Fish Tacos in town you have to visit Tacos Baja. The fish is crispy-fried and more importantly fresh with a delicious sauce which comes across as you take the first bite. These tacos have been branded the best in Los Angeles, and rightfully so. They are cheap, but surprisingly the food does not give that away. Despite the fact that it is crowded most of the time, the service is efficient. If you like Mexican food then this place definitely deserves a visit.
This specialty deli serves up traditional Mexican fare and pays homage to the Latin American discovery of chocolate. CaCao Mexicatessen draws inspiration from the Baja California region, serving traditional dishes most often found in the Tijuana, Ensenada, and Valle de Guadalupe regions. Find the usual suspects like tacos, tortas, sopes, burritos, and more. However, CaCao Mexicatessen is most famous for its filling breakfast options, that of course, feature a bounty of egg dishes.
The Gardens of Taxco is a cheerful venue that is a master at serving Mexican fare to its diners. Enjoying fine patronage of locals, it prides itself on using the best of ingredients, and adhering to age-old recipes in order to recreate the traditional favorites. The five-course meal that is much widely publicized is the best deal here, featuring everything on the menu. Start with guacamole following it with soup, enchilada, a choice of entree and finally, a fantastic dessert that brings a sweet note to the experience. The Sangria on offer also helps to boost the fine mood. Although the restaurant moved from its earlier address on Harper Avenue, the new location on Santa Monica Boulevard is just as warm and ideal for intimate meals.
If you are looking for an easygoing Mexican joint in WeHo serving tasty food and affordable drinks, Fiesta Cantina on Santa Monica cannot be beaten for Happy Hour. From 4p till 8p, they offer 2-for-1 drinks from the full bar, a generous selection of beers on tap and plenty of appetizers to take the edge off the work day will likely keep you occupied for a couple of hours. The insides are dim and attractively seedy, evoking a bar somewhere off the beaten path in Ensenada. The patio is always packed and offers primo people-watching, but high rotation generally ensures prompt seating.
Innovative recipes and a focus on authentic Mexican flavors have earned rich accolades for Babita Mexicuisine. Mexico-born chef Roberto Berrelleza offers an innovative menu of Southern Mexican specialties. Traditional favorites and contemporary creations appear in equal measure throughout the menu, and you can even try dishes you might never have heard of before. Menu specialties include Chileson Nogada, Lamb Shank Mixiote and Chile Relleno Oaxaqueno. The extensive wine list offers something from almost all the major wine producing regions and has some interesting pairing options. The dining room, with its flowing drapes, richly carpeted floor and wooden accents is an elegant affair. Established in 1999, Babita Mexicuisine is widely regarded as one of the best in the region attracting patrons from as far as central Los Angeles.
This legendary LA taco stand established in 1959 boasts of long lines of locals seeking fresh shredded beef and atomic-orange cheddar concoctions of deliciousness at all hours of the day, but don't be intimidated. Waiting in line is part of the experience and seating is available both inside and out. The blended salsa carries a refreshing kick and chips and guacamole go perfectly with your main dish. Tacos are the star but the other traditional dishes such as the beef or chicken tamales in mole sauce or the vegetarian tostada are excellent.
Casa Sanchez Mexican Restaurant is Mexican fast food at its best. It has an extensive menu with burritos, tostadas, tacos and enchiladas. Other items include taquitos, chile rellenos, nachos, tamales, flautas and quesadillas, to name just a few. Also try the seafood plates, like the Camarones al Ajo (shrimp in garlic sauce). This is a fun, festive Mexican place, with many locals claiming it as their favorite. A wide range of wines and cocktails are also on the offer. Visit website for more details.