Mexican Restaurant like Alegria
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
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:
3447 N Verdugo Rd
Glendale, CA 91208-1520
Phone: (818) 957-2711
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!
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.
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.