Julian's Tortilleria on Carson St. in Hawaiian Gardens is probably the best Mexican food I have ever eaten. A family place with a tortilla factory on premises.
Fan-dam-tastic. The neighborhood seems sketchy, but I have never had any trouble there.
12321 Carson St
Hawaiian Gardens, CA
Irrelevant to the OP at this point, but any good taco joints within 15 min drive of Cerritos (e.g. Norwalk, SFS, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Bellflower, Buena Park, etc)? The real stuff, nothing with lettuce. Along the lines of what Bandini may have recommended in the blog http://tacohunt.blogspot.com/ . Thanks.
If you're driving, you could also go to Enrique's Long Beach.
There's also the chain SuperMex, which is "old school" but has its following. The ones in Lakewood and Cypress would be close.
You might want to consider a side trip to Artesia, which has some interesting choices for South Indian thali or buffet lunches, but I'll leave that for a separate thread. A search will probably get a number of hits.
6210 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90803
5254 Faculty Ave, Lakewood, CA 90712
Super Mex Mexican Restaurant
6860 Katella Ave, Cypress, CA 90630
Hello, I'm near Cerritos and my favorite Mexican Restaurant is "Vera Cruz" in Santa Fe Springs. which isnt far from Cerritos... here is the info
9931 Orr and Day Rd
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
The prices are reasonable, Its family run, and the best authentic Mexican food around! Plus great Margaritas!~
good luck and safe travels : )
My husband and my in-laws love hitting up Red Chile in Cerritos/Norwalk (it's on the border). I personally think that it's gringo-Mexican food, but they swear by it. It's been open for at least 30 years, and looks like a dive when you walk in, but for a cheap $10, you can get a really good meal. The burritos are filled to the brim with meat (homemade shredded beef of chicken), and their taquitos are way awesome! Each plate comes with the standard rice, beans, and salad topped with guacamole. You get fresh tortilla chips with a salsa that slowly warms to a great burn in your mouth.
10826 Alondra Blvd
Cerritos, CA 90703
My in-laws also love a tiny little chain called El Taco (locations in Downey). They have the best quesadillas that I have ever had. In fact, I've never had anything else on the menu. They take a huge burrito-sized tortilla and fill it with a ton of cheese and sauce. You have your choice of the green or red, and I've always ordered the red. It's got hints of chiles and tiny chunks of beef that melts into the cheese. Totally great comfort food.
7665 Firestone Blvd, Downey - (562) 806-0672
7870 Florence Ave, Downey - (562) 927-6263
The area is also home to Diana's, a local supplier for Mexican restaurants in Southern California. They make their own tortillas. I've never been, but my Mexican friends love the food.
16330 So. Pioneer Blvd
Norwalk, CA 90650
If Red Chile's the restaurant near Staples, Home Depot and LA Fitness (Studebaker and Alondra), I will have to politely disagree. Went there once and that was enough. Could've sworn their salsa was just spiced ketchup. Sorry, it was nasty, and our entire group agreed we'd never go back.
I've also heard good things about Diana's. Been meaning to try it for a long time.
Tried El Pescador in Hawaiian Gardens (or Lakewood?), but wasn't impressed.
To the OP, unfortunately, Cerritos isn't the best for authentic Mexican food. Aside from national chains (e.g. Rubios, Baja Fresh, etc), gotta drive to neighboring cities for better stuff.
I know many don't care for them, but we usually drive about 15-20 mins to the King Taco in Pico Rivera for a little more "authentic" Mexican. Also about 20 mins away is La Casita in Bell, for great chilaquiles and other goods. The divey feel and great food, felt very "authentic" to me.
La Casita Mexicana
4030 Gage Ave, Bell, CA 90201
6722 Rosemead Blvd, Pico Rivera, CA 90660