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Babita Mexicuisine

1823 S. San Gabriel Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91776

Nestled in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it suburban storefront, San Gabriel’s Babita Mexicuisine finds the gracious middle ground with such daintily presented dishes as green cilantro margarita sorbet and tequila-soaked salmon sopes.

Website: http://www.babita-mexicuisine.com


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Birrieria Apatzingan

10040 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91331


You’re in the northern San Fernando Valley, savoring the food of Apatzingán, a city in the state of Michoacán.

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Birrieria Flor del Rio

3201 East 4th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90063

(323) 268-0319

Central Mexico has a weekend tradition of slow-roasting goat to make birria, a soulful stew with a wallop of dried chiles that will cure whatever ails you. This East L.A. dive is the city’s premier purveyor of the cumin-laced dish


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Cenaduria Gumacus

8646 State Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90280

(323) 566-5522

Most of L.A.’s Sinaloan restaurants are seafood centric, but this homey joint is dedicated to the meatier side of that state’s cuisine.

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Día de Campo

1238 Hermosa Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90254


We can now say we’re jellyfish fans.

Website: http://diadecampohb.com/


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Flor de Yucatan

1800 South Hoover Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90006

(213) 748-6090

The cuisine of the Yucatán is expressed simply at this old-line bakery and storefront near USC. Grab a plastic seat on the patio and dig into cochinita pibil (pork slow roasted in banana leaves) or papadzules (hard-boiled egg tacos). Every weekend is a tamale fest—get ’em while they’re hot.


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Gish Bac

4163 West Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90018

(323) 737-5050

L.A. has the third-largest number of Oaxacan restaurants in the world—holy mole! At this Mid City find from David Padilla and Maria Ramos, the mole negro boasts a blend of more than 30 ingredients.


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Gracias Madre

8905 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90069


Young celebrities are fond of this San Francisco import, a vegan cantina that offers sweet potato flautas and mushroom mole enchiladas.

Website: http://graciasmadreweho.com/


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3014 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90006


An authentic Oaxacan restaurant located in a former Korean banquet hall makes for a happy jumble.

Website: http://www.guelaguetzarestaurante.com/


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2100 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90033

(323) 264-7201

In partnership with Armando De La Torre, Ricardo Diaz is building a Mexican American restaurant empire in East L.A. At Guisados his one-of-a-kind tacos are made with braised meats and homestyle stews


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La Casita Mexicana

4030 E. Gage Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90201


This narrow Bell kitchen where Ramiro Arvizu and Jaime Martin Del Campo work the stoves represents the refined logic behind traditional Mexican cooking.

Website: http://www.casitamex.com/

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La Huasteca

3150 E. Imperial Hwy., Ste. 100, Los Angeles, CA, 90262


Inside Plaza Mexico, the elaborate Spanish colonial mall in central Lynwood, topless Indians peer from the murals of La Huasteca. Rocio Camacho cooks in a multitude of styles, including dishes that pay lip service to indigenous Mexico…

Website: http://lahuasteca.com/

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La Taquiza

3009 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA, 90007


Hard by USC’s frat houses, the Figueroa Street hangout attracts a mishmash of pistol-packing cops, ID-wielding office workers, and everything-but-the-bong students for lunch.

Website: http://lataquizausc.com/


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Las 7 Regiones de Oaxaca

2648 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90006


Oaxacan cuisine is the new black in what we could start calling “Oaxacalifornia,” and that’s largely due to the Mexican state’s unparalleled mole negro.


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Lotería Grill Hollywood

6627 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90028


Jimmy Shaw honors authenticity while updating Mexican food for a city in which the radio pulses with ranchera music and Ralphs carries Virgen de Guadalupe candles.

Website: http://loteriagrill.com/


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Mar Azul Truck

4700 N. Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA, 90042

Don’t bother asking Felipe Cejudo what’s in the squirt bottles at his undersea-themed truck. His proprietary creams, secret sauces, and coleslaw enhance sweet and tangy shrimp cocktails and Mexico City-style seafood dishes, including a cool octopus tostada.


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Mariscos Chente

3544 W. Imperial Hwy., Los Angeles, CA, 90303


Sprawled along the Pacific, the Mexican state of Nayarit is known for its pristine seafood. Lots of restaurants in L.A. produce a decent version, but none with the rigor and gusto of Mariscos Chente.

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