Highland Park - Mexican
Sorry it's a pretty general queary, but not too familiar with the hood -- what do you all suggest for a good sit-down dinner?
There are tons of places, a few sit-downs, a few take-out onlys.
If you want sit down, I like La Fuente on Monte Vista- it's small but comfy and they have a mean shrimp burrito, among other things.
La Fuente Restaurant
Address: 5530 Monte Vista St, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Phone: (323) 258-6109
I just wrote about El Metate, on Figueroa between 54th and 55th- blink and you'll miss it. It's very small with only a couple of tables, but have fantastic enchiladas, rubenadas and burritos.
I love Villas Durango for their conchinita pibil tacos and plates- good rice, beans.
Villas Durango Restaurant
Address: 5672 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Phone: (323) 255-1491
All of these places are cash only.
Second La Fuente - Best overall in HP - Monte Vista & 56
La Estrella for fish & shrimp Tacos - Fig. & 61
Second Villas Durango - great breakfast deals - next to El Arco
Mariscos Sinaloa - their ceviche is the best in town - the shrimp cocktail sucks though - York & 56
El Huarache Azteca - york & 52
Antojitos Guerrero - try the barbacoa - York & 56
the outlaw taco cart on the southside of York a block or two west of Figueroa........killer al pastor!
usually there after 6:30 most nights - definitely a must try - just follow the smell!
avoid El Arco Iris and the place on York & Branch (Villa Sombrero I think) famous for it's margaritas & made tableside guacamole and rightfully so, but everything else is marginal.
I actually like El Arco, though the margaritas are poor. They do nice comfy cheesy enchiladas, but, whatever, I grew up on it! But I love love love Villas Durango. They do take credit cards now, and for goodness' sake, get the Poc Chuc. Yum. The Pollo Pibil is good, too. It's a little stuffy place, often with a loud juke box playing Mexican music, and the servers sometimes don't speak English, but it's a good opportunity to practice your Spanish without feeling like a moron. La Estrella is great for a taco stand, but not a place to sit down in.
Oh, and on Figueroa, near the Ave 43 exit off 110, is El Buen Gusto, a dive that serves handmade pupusas revueltas for like $1.50 each. Salvadoran, not Mexican, but they do Mexican things, too.
I second all the places mentioned (especially El Metate and Huarache Azteca).
I would add the El Pique taco truck on York and about Ave 54 (next to a car wash) for great al pastor and asada.
Also I would recommend a truck called Tacos Sinaloa on Ave 53 or 54 and Monte Vista.
Lastly, I think the La Arca de Noe on Figueroa and Ave 54 (next to the theater) makes some of the best pupusas around.