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Dad wants "real Mexican--not street food"

My family is visiting from the East coast in a few days, and my dad has requested "real Mexican--not street food," by which he means not burritos or tacos or the like. So I know what he DOESN'T want, but since I'm not that knowledgeable about Mexican cuisine I'm not quite sure what he does want, or where to find it. Any suggestions for good Mexican restaurants? Prefer Southbay if possible, but Westside is also fine, or anywhere in between. (East L.A. and San Gabriel are too far.) Personally, I love burritos and tacos, and definitely consider them "real" Mexican food, but please help me make my dad happy!

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  1. Given your criteria, esp. location, I would suggest your best bet would be Monte Alban.

    Of course, if you were willing to go to the SGV, then all bets are off and the only choice would be Babita.

    Monte Alban
    11927 Santa Monica Blvd. (in between Bundy/Barrington)
    (310) 444-7736

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      I cannot scream more loudly in support of this recommendation. In my world, the sun rises and sets at Monte Alban...

    2. Babita, or La Serenata de Garibaldi (Boyle Heights location is best).

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      1. Chichen Itza (the 6th St. location)
        Serenata (the Boyle Hts. location)
        I've got mixed feelings about West-side Oaxacan..., but MAYBE Monte Alban...

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        1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

          Guelaguetza on the westside is very good.

        2. Definitely talk him into going to Babita (meaning it's worth the slight extra drive to E. LA).

          1. Ba--BEEEEE--ta. definitely. very cute place, and just swanky enough to make the occasion special. oh, and the food's amazing...