Mexican Food Birthday Dinner
Hi! My family and I will be traveling to L.A. next week for business. It also happens to be my fathers birthday. I am looking for ideas on really good mexican food. We will be staying at the Hyatt Century Plaza in Century City so preferably something not too far from that. We don't mind driving but we don't want to try to get somewhere that is a hour drive either.
Just a fun, good place that perhaps even takes reservations. Great atmosphere a must! Thanks!
I would recommend either Border Grill or La Serenata de Garibaldi in Santa Monica. Both are just a block or so east of the 3rd Street Promenade. Border Grill is owned by the "Two Hot Tamales" of TV and radio fame, is a major bar and happy hour destination, and has good upscale Mexican food. La Serenata de Garibaldi is the Santa Monica branch of a longstanding East Los Angeles seafood restaurant, that specializes in unique Mexican sauces that accompany the seafood. Either of these would honor reservations and be worthy of a celebratory dinner.
If it was my BD, I'd choose to eat at either Tacos Por Favor in Santa Monica on Olympic at 14th ('hounds love their chorizo and cheese tacos, and recently their torta milanese, as well as their salsa roja) or head southwest on Centinela between Washington and Culver to Taqueria Sanchez (fantastic shrimp tacos) but these are ultracasual order at the counter sort of places. Casa Sanchez is near the latter and would be good for a sitdown full service Mexican dinner. Finally, many praise Monte Alban, a small Oaxacan place on Santa Monica Blvd. at Brockton (not too far west of Century City) for their excellent regional authentic dishes and moles at very inexpensive prices.
"I would recommend either Border Grill or La Serenata de Garibaldi in Santa Monica."
IMHO... Frida is substantially superior to Border Grill... its no Babita but its about as good Mexican with Atmosphere as you are going to get in that part of the City.
Monte Alban, would of course, be a great recommendation if they can live without an upscale dining room.