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Best mexican restaurant

Ok, I know that I'm entering a dangerous black hole here--but I have to ask:

Best restaurant for mexican (that serves alcohol). Eastside or westside--whichever.

Any comments appreciated. (I know some of the best tastes are off of taco trucks, but I'm looking for a sit-down place). Thank you. . .

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  1. BABITA
    1823 South San Gabriel Blvd
    San Gabriel
    (626) 288-7265

    1. I really like La Cabanita in north Glendale/Montrose.

      But in the LA area: Tacos Por Favor on Pico in Santa Monica, is good for hard shelled tacos, not great on the ambience though. And Malo in Silverlake is good witha full bar, I don't know how authentic it is though. The burnt habanera cream (with chips) is really good.

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      1. re: joeyscarlet

        la cabanita has a full bar and good,well made and presented food. probably the best of the bunch with a bar.

        1. re: shimpiphany

          I love La Cabanita's steak tortas! Mmmm haven't had one in far too long.

      2. Westside:

        Lares on Pico
        The Talpa also on Pico, just W of Barrington

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        1. re: Moose

          Can't agree on Lares -- anymore. It used to be really good, but it started sliding and then after the fire it was just horrible... first it was OK food and great margs, then it was bad food and good margs, now it's bad food and bad margs.

          Guelaguetza (in Koreatown and Palms) is really good.

          Babita's probably the best, but not a full bar.

        2. IMO it's very rare to find a good Mexican restaurant with a full bar. Beer, cheap wine, no problem. But it seems nearly impossible to get great Mexican food with booze. I'd second the recommendation for Babita - beer and wine only. I also really like Serenata de Garibaldi - the location in Boyle Heights on 1st st - also beer and wine only. Their location in Santa Monica on 4th has a full bar but I don't think the food is as good. My current favorite sit down place is Teresita's, which is far out on 1st, past Gage Ave.

          1. My favorite Mexican restaurant, La Casita Mexicana in Bell (Puebla style food) serves no alcohol so I'd have to second Serenata de Garibaldi, La Parilla and Gueleguetza. I'd also throw in this place in Long Beach called Los Compadres.

            1. see frida per another post today
              done many post work shots of tequilla there

              1. Ciro's on Evergreen in Boyle Heights, just down the street from Manny's El Tepayec.

                But I've only ever gotten beer there and don't know the answer to the full bar question. Great mexican though.

                1. La Serenata de Garibaldi on First in Boyle Heights. It's wonderful!

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                  1. re: rainey

                    They are also on Pico near Westwood Blvd. on the West side

                  2. Casablanca at Lincoln and Rose in S.M. Make their own great flour tortillas. Also Tia Juana owned by same people at Olympic just E of Bundy-make their own great corn tortillas. Full bar both places.

                    1. La Paz in Calabasas, hands down!

                      Rudy's in Monrovia is very good, too.

                      1. Thanks for all your help--

                        Ended up drowning in mole at Gueleguetza. Good place--rocked the queso fresco.

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                        1. re: cgoldsmith

                          What did you have? Mini review, por favor!

                        2. I would still recommend Lares although I cannot dispute its recent inconsistency. However, three of us went Wednesday night and had the carnitas of the glory days: crisp, succulent, heaps of cilantro and chopped onion and my friends swear that the gold margaritas were outstanding. When it's good there are few better.

                          1. Babita, and it's not even close IMO.

                            1. Tlapazola in West LA without a doubt. It is hard to find but well worth it.

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                              1. re: fitzmike

                                it looks like tlapazola has opened another place on lincoln in marina del rey.

                              2. Tlapazola Grill, West LA
                                La Seranata- ANY
                                Don Antonio's, West LA
                                Tia Juana, West LA
                                El Compadre, Hollywood