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Mexican Restaurant like Alegria

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Hi all,

My family is visiting and wanted to take them for some great Mexican food at dinnertime!

My favorite place has been Alegria on Sunset (even though I kno half of the people on this board would disagree lol) But they are closed for the week of xmas!

I would take them to Tere's Mexican Grill but I wanted more of a nice sit down place.

Can anyone recommend a nice dinner place? Would prefer Los Feliz to Pasadena area.

Thanks so much for any advice! :D

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  1. I love Alegria, too. I go to La Parilla sometimes which is very different than Alegria, but authentic and good in its own way. I also enjoy Mexico City, and I know people on this board hate it, but it is probably too loud for a nice family meal anyway. Would you consider Ciudad downtown? It's a little more fusion but has a creative food vibe like Alegria and is a nicer room than your typical mexican restaurant.

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    1. re: pasadena_girl

      I agree with Pasadena Girl on the La Parilla rec. They have a few locations: On Cesar Chavez, Sunset and Wilshire. Very good food (I love the Filete al Chipiotle). I have taken out-of-towners here and they always enjoy it.

    2. I almost forgot... not like Alegria at all, but you could show them a really authentic experience at Guelegetza (BYO or cocktails before next door at Taylor's). I used to also love to go to La Serenata de Garibaldi in Boyle Heights, although people say it is not as good anymore (so... at your own risk), but it's a real LA experience for visitors. Also, maybe look at Babita -- it is not in your geographic region, but people rave. The food is very sophisticated if that's what you are looking for.

      1. How NICE? Alegria is one of my local faves too. But it's just slightly "nicer" than Senor Fish!

        If you want Nice, there's Madres (J-Lo's restaurant) off Lake in Pasadena. It's not Mexican, but Cuban/Puerto Rican. It's tres nice. And not Anglo either. It's filled with affluent Latino professionals dressed in business clothes. Definitely a special occasion restaurant and we love the food.

        There's also La Cabinita up in Montrose. I think it's still there. I haven't been in over a year. But here's there old info if you want to call them:

        La Cabinita
        3447 N Verdugo Rd
        Glendale, CA 91208-1520
        Phone: (818) 957-2711

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        1. re: Reeter1

          I second La Cabanita. I think that you'll find the food just as good if not better than Alegria. It's a great spot to go to for a weekend breakfast as well.

          http://myculinaryadventures.blogspot.com

          1. re: Reeter1

            Warning: Do not get seated in the back room at La Cabinita. The service is non-existant. We had to leave 1 hour and 15 min after ordering entrees. During this time, nobody even came to our table. No apologies or good wishes for us upon exiting; they scrambled like they were trying to hide from the reality of the bad situation. So sad because the cooking is good!

          2. Ooo thankz for all the great replies! I'm excited to try some of these restaurant recs on my own.

            Reeter1: It doesn't have to be too nice. Just no plastic lawn chairs. lol And a sprinkle of ambience.

            Good food is definitely the priority here!