If I loved Tia Juana in West L.A. what will I love next?
Though not amazing by any stretch of the imagination, it still fit the bill as far as juicy tacos and other simple mexican fare. What would satisfy now that it's closed it's doors and moved away? Something simple in the west los angeles area. Not crazy about El Cholo but had an o.k. meal at Casa Escobar in Malibu and might try the one in Santa Monica.
Gilbert's El Indio on Pico Bl in Santa Monica (near SMC) is comparable (its cash only). Lares also on Pico in Santa Monica (near McCabe's) is a bit more upscale but also solid. I used to like Tia Juana myself but I was there a few months before it closed and it became awful, so their time had sadly come.
Try Paco's in Culver City on Washington just south of Centinela - great homemade tortillas and honestly, better food than Tia Juana. The cochinita pibil is delish.
Gilbert's El Indio is likely the closest approximation to Tia Juana, but again, you'll find better food at:
I was also a fan of Tia Juana's. I used to work near Lucy's El Adobe on Melrose across from Paramount Studios, and I liked their tacos, enchiladas and tostadas.
I also miss it, and now go to Gilberts and/or La Cabana on Lincoln at Rose. Sometimes Lares and La Talpa. Don Antonios is also similar. But because of the homemade tortillas, I think La Cabana is the place for you.
I've always liked La Talpa on Pico, though the tortillas are not handmade and could be better. The special carne asada taco has some of the most flavorful asada in the city. The chille relleno is also excellent.