Would love some mexican food recs anywhere from West LA to SGV area...or even down to Torrance, etc...
Something homely, exclusive to the LA region, any price range from very cheapo (preferably sit down though) to fancy (which I dont usually imagine though for Mexican...but maybe there is...)
Do a search on the boards for this place.
La Casita Mexicana
4030 Gage Ave, Bell, CA 90201
That is a pretty broad request. What is your favorite type of Mexican cuisine (Oaxacan, Mexico City-style, Yucatecan, etc...).
For nicer sit-down you might consider Babita.
For traditional Cal-Mex there are a gazillion options - each area has its designated go-to place. And so on.
Give the board a little more to work with and you are sure to get better guidance.
ohhh i loved mexican city style...i was in zona rosa the last time long time ago as a kid and had the most amazing chicken dishes...and the light brothy chicken soups with avocado were wonderful too...a lot less cheesy and heavy than the typical regular mexican food...
sorry im not as familiar witht he breakdown of mexican food...especially having gone back to DC for so long now...i only know of salvadorean or mexican as the regular categories...LOL
There is a little mom and pop place on the edge of Burbank called Don Huarache that makes outstanding huaraches and sopes among other items. There already is a paean to the place on Chowhound so, I will spare you my own words of praise and give you a link to this very complimentary thread.
Paco's Taco's on Centinela/Washington Blvd in Culver City/Mar Vista seems to be a people pleaser...love the Conchinita's di Pibil & the beef tacos! COLD beer!
The very best in LA in my opinion is La Serenata de Garibaldi in Boyle Heights. That's the barrio but the resto is comfortable, gracious and relaxed. The food, which focuses on seafood but includes all the conventional Mexican specialties, is unequalled. The service is personal and warm. The prices are near the top for Mexican cuisine but well within the value of the meals and experience.
There are other locations on the westside which I am told are not as exceptional.
I second what muchovinomamacita said: Paco's Tacos (near or in Culver City)...SO good. It just puts El Cholo to shame.
As for slightly ghetto/street-style food, my vote has to go to Mariela's Taco near Koreatown...
Babita has a great Menu, a clean, nice setting and a really good family run atmosphere... La Casita is similar, both are mentioned below and are great choices.
I would also throw out Enriques in Long Beach for another low key, but a nice sit down option.. anything they do with pork is usually really good..see pork shank in tomatillo sauce.
Also for the best fish tacos around see Taco Baja Ensenada..
Tacos Baja Ensenada
5385 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022
1823 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776
6210 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90803
La Cabana - 738 Rose Ave., Venice, CA 90291
Nice spicy salsa, heavier food
La Playita - 3306 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
on Lincoln next to CVS and Whole Foods Market. It's a stand so you can eat at the counter or to go. Great ceviche, Al Pastor tacos & burritos
agree with recs for Babita for upscale.
Monte Alban for Oaxacan in West LA.
Gilbert's El Indio on Pico
I have had several great meals at La Huasteca in the last month. The food here is much better than Paco's, Frida's or Lares; haven't tried all of the other recommendations.
3150 E Imperial Hwy, Lynwood, CA 90262
I once ate at a phenomenal Yucatecan restaurant in Mexico City -- no idea what the name was. I've never encountered Yucatecan food in California. Are there any such restaurants, preferably in the South Bay or Long Beach areas? I'd travel further to sample a great recommendation.