Mexican Food After Dodger Game
My visiting sister wants mexican food after seeing Dogers vs Cubs on sunday. I am new to LA so i'm not too sure where to take her. What do you think of these two places -
La Serenata de Garibaldi or La Golondrina.
They look pretty close to the stadium. Opinons or other suggestions appreciated.
Both good, a bit upscale, which is good. If you want enchiladas, burritos, rice & beans try Barragans, 1/2 mile from stadium, watch out for the margaitas or go to East LA and hit up Manuels El Tepeyac on Evergreen.
For a true L.A. experience, start early and grab breakfast or a sandwich at Phillipe's French Dip Sandwiches before the game (and walk around Olvera St.), absolutely get a Dodger Dog at the game (why even go to a game if your not going to eat?), and then after the game get some tacos at one of the million taco places. I recommend the King Taco chain.
Definitely La Serenata over La Golondrina, it's no contest. If you want a really great taco stand - with other stuff as well - Carnitas Michoacan on Broadway near the 5 freeway. Close to Dodger Stadium and definitely good, although not as good as either of those, is Rodeo Grill on Sunset just west of Echo Park Blvd. You can also go a little further afield to 6th St. near MacArthur Park to Chichenitza - Yucatan food and truly great, nice atmosphere as well.
I think both are good options for an out-of-town visitor.
The food at La Serenata is more upscale/gourmet; their fish dishes are where they really shine. It would probably be the most unique Mexican food experience for an out-of-towner.
The food at La Golondrina is more what you think of when you think of Mexican food in Los Angeles -- it's pretty old-school, big plates with lots of cheese, refried beans, big basket of chips & salsa, etc. I think the food here is better than most of the other similar options in the area (Barragans, El Compadre, etc.). It's also a bit pricey for what it is, but then again, it is in a touristy area. An added bonus for the out-of-town visitor is that you get to hit two historic L.A. destinations in one day -- Dodger Stadium and Olvera Street.
As an alternate to both, and if you want down-and-dirty delicious taco-stand Mexican, I second or third the recommendation for Carnitas Michoacan.
Wow, I was going to write in thinking I'd be the only one to give love to Carnitas Micaocan, on North Broadway and 19th, near the 5 freeway intersections. A stand with covered patio seating and parking in the back, they are the best! My friends that introduced me to the place like the carne asada and the quesadillas. But I love the al pastor, cut from a rotisserie spit, and I agree that their salsa roja (which I've also seen described as a salsa negra) is absolutely the best in town. Dark brick-red, thin, smoky, spicy, hot and complex, it is truly amazing. You can just get a tortilla there and use it to eat that sauce.