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Feb 28, 2007 11:58 AM

Upscale Mexican Cuisine

A friend of mine wants to go and eat some "fancy", upscale Mexican food. There is plenty of good Mexican comida in town, that's for sure, but not a lot that's haute that comes to mind.

Any and all recs are appreciated. Thanks.

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  1. The KING is Babita in San Gabriel. Just amazing ingredients used to make truly classic dishes. I love it so much, I choose it for our 'Valentines Day' dinner (That following Saturday) and it did not disapoint.

    Followed far behind is la Huasteca at Plaza Mexico in Lynnwood. They are doing some good stuff with the basics. Their Huitlacoche Filet is one of the best beef dishes I've ever had in or our of Mexico. Beware, I've heard nothing but bad things about their Pasadena branch... :(

    Lastly... and VERY lastly is Frida's in Beverly Hills. Similar to Babita, but doesn't hit the mark in terms of REALLY elevating the cuisine where it should be at that price point. One of the best Carintas Tacos I've ever had came from Fridas... and THANKGOODNESS it was on the company's dime because I would have NEVER paid that much for a taco (somewhere ~$5 EACH....)


    1. I'm a huge fan of Tlapazola. Cuisine is Oaxacan based with California influences. High points are seafood, anything with their magical moles and the daily specials. As a bonus, they have a killer tequila selection and Samuel will be glad to concoct a masterful margarita for you.

      Also, don't be fooled by the sterile exterior/mini mall location. Like some of LA's best sushi bars, it's the food that counts. Actually, Tlapazol's decor is simple, but well appointed and the staff is one of the friendliest in town.

      11676 Gateway Blvd.
      West Los Angeles, 90064

      1. I am still a Border Grill fan in Santa Monica. The owners also own a place in downtown called Ciudad but thats is not mexican more spanish.

        The owners were regulars on the cooking network for awhile that always seems to be on in my house when my wife is home. I think there show was callled two hot tamales!

        1. Someone recommended Frida in Beverly Hills, but I haven't been yet.

          1. La Casita Mexicana ( is also a good choice:
            4030 East Gage Avenue
            Bell, CA

            I like it much better than La Huasteca and enjoy it along the lines of Tlapazola, but in a different way.

            Looking forward to Babita in a few weeks based on all the great reviews.