Mexican

Abuelitas

137 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90290

310-455-8788

Windows face the mountains, a creekside patio is perfect on warm nights, and diners come until the wee hours…

Website: http://abuelitastopanga.com

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Ana Maria’s

317 S. Broadway, C9-10, Los Angeles, CA, 90013

213-620-0477

The carnitas tacos at this haven of Mexican food are huge things: nearly half a pound of juicy meat piled on two corn tortillas…

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Cacao Mexicatessen

1576 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90041

323-478-2791

Two words: Mole fries. Why there aren’t 20 food trucks slinging the exquisite combo is beyond us.

Website: http://cacaodeli.com

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Cook’s Tortas

1944 S. Atlantic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91754

323-278-3536

Overshadowed by the holy trinity of tacos, burritos, and quesadilla, the torta has long been the stepchild of street-corner Mexican fare…

Website: http://cookstortas.com

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Doña Rosa

577 S. Arroyo Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA, 91105

626-449-2999

There’s an airy Southwest feel to this Mexican café, with its denim-cactus-hibiscus color scheme…

Website: http://dona-rosa.com/

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El Cholo

1121 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90006

323-734-2773

L.A.’s oldest Mexican restaurant is famed for its margaritas, nachos, guacamole, and green corn tamales…

Website: http://elcholo.com

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El Coyote

7312 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

323-939-2255

Everything about this generations-old restaurant, from the waitresses in full-length neon folk dresses to the chili-pepper Christmas lights…

Website: http://elcoyotecafe.com

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El Huarache Azteca

5225 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90042

323-478-9572

The cemita, a classic Puebla sandwich, has gained popularity thanks to an armored division of carnitas-slinging trucks…

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El Huarachito

3010½ N. Broadway Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90031

323-223-0476

Combine Mom’s most soothing dishes with vibrant Central American cooking and you have the Mexican breakfast: a restorative cure-all…

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El Parián

1528 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90015

213-386-7361

Yes, some barnyard creatures were harmed in the making of an El Parián taco: cow, pig, goat…

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El Pique Truck

5305 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90042

On the same block as the benerated La Estrella truck, El Pique (“the Spicy One”) more than holds its own…

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El Ranchito

5168 Huntington Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90032

Plastered with cornball Mexican aphorisms, this popular mainstay makes everything sing…

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El Tepeyac

812 N. Evergreen Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90033

323-267-8668

On weekend mornings the line outside El Tepeyac is long…

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Frida

236 S. Beverly Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90212

310-278-7666

Dozens of candles and religious iconography dot the tiny Z Gallerie of Mexican restaurants—with snappy food…

Website: http://fridarestaurant.com

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La Morenita Oaxaqueña

3550 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA, 90020

213-365-9201

The clientele consists of uprooted Oaxacans, mole fiends, and ravenous Chowhounds at this little cube of lime green paint in the corner of a strip mall…

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La Serenata Gourmet

10924 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90064

310-441-9667

A revelation, with hand-patted tortillas, fresh chips dusted with añejo cheese, and guava and watermelon juices…

Website: http://laserenataonline.com

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Las Fuentes

18415 Vanowen St., Los Angeles, CA, 91335

818-708-3344

Looking for a cheerful spot to take the kids for tamales?..

Website: http://lasfuentes.com

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Malo

4326 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90029

323-664-1011

Mexican cuisine goes hipster here. Settle into the dark baroque bar, hopping dining room, or heated terrace…

Website: http://malorestaurant.com

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