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Jan 16, 2002 07:56 PM

Great, Cheap, Authentic Mexican in Hollywood

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I'm almost sad to share my find.

A few months ago, my boyfriend and I were going bowling at the Hollywood Bowling Alley on Santa Monica (just East of the 101). It was a Sunday and we were in need of some tasty food (after a long Saturday night), but we didn't want to get back in the car. So we walk out in front of the bowling alley and what do we find , but quite possibly some of the best Mexican food I've had in LA...

La Bonita... located just West of the Hollywood Bowling Alley, is a family owned diamond-in-the-rough.

It's small (you'd miss it if you blink). With only 4 stools at the counter, and maybe 4 or 5 small tables outside, La Bonita isn't much to look at, but the food more than makes up for it.

It's owned by the son in the family and the two cooks are the abuelieta (grandmother) and the mama (the tio sometimes works as well). On that particular Sunday we had fresh chilaquilles (unbelievable) and chili rellenos (which we watched them stuff, batter and fry right before our eyes).

Since then in the many times we've been back, we've had their carne asada, green chili chicken enchiladas, albondigas, quesadillas... todo son muy buenos!!! All main courses are served with homemade refried beans with great tasting mexican queso and rice (also great).

In speaking with the Uncle I learned a lot about why their food is so good... freshness. Every morning the mother wakes up and comes to the restaurant to make fresh soup for the day. If they sell out by lunch, that's soup for you. In other words they make all of the food fresh everyday, nothing is kept overnight and reheated.

The prices are unbelieveably low, with burritos starting at $4, ranging to a carne plate for about $7.50.

Next time you're in the area, or even if you have to drive an hour to get there... La Bonita is authentic, fresh and some good eatin'!

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  1. If my car wasn't at the shop I would drive over there this instant, even tho I just gorged myself on dumplings in the San Gabe (Mei Long they put crack in those dumplings? They are so unreal.). Yours is a great review and I look forward to checking out La Bonita!

    1. I saw your post and had to try this place. It was wonderful. All the food is fresh and made to order in front of you (if you sit at the bar). I had the quesadilla and carne asada, both were fantastic. I can't wait to go back for the chilaquilles. This is just the place I've been searching for.

      1. I too read your post and had to check it out my own self. The food is the absolute freshest. I watched them press my tortilla from the dough, and then grill it to make my taco. They literally slice even the lettuce for each order. It was amazing authentic mexican food at very reasonable prices. If you can't take the heat, watch out for the salsas!

        1. Had lunch there today - as a result of your post. Everything was just as you (and the others) have said.
          Tortillas were perfect, albondigas was great. Thanks for the tip.