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Best Mexican in East LA?

I am making a rare trip out to East LA and beyond (to Riverside) and am dying to have great Mexican food for lunch. Is there a signature place that I should definitely visit and/or a signature meal? I'm open to everything, don't care about atmosphere, just want great food. Thanks!

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  1. One possibility, If you like moles, is a place in East LA that has gotten a lot of good reporting here and is very unique. Nice photo in this LA Times review and if you go to the place link and scroll down you can read the reviews on CH as well. We have not been so can't tell you personally how it is.

    http://www.latimes.com/theguide/resta...

    http://www.moleslatia.com/

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    1. re: Servorg

      Whoops - forgot the place link in my post. Here it is.

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      Moles La Tia
      4619 E Cesar E Chavez Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90022

    2. Someone will inevitably mention El Tepeyac, but from what the owner of Ciro's down the street told me-- El Tepeyac is California Mexican. I like it for what it is, although in the last several months its become somewhat expensive for what it is.

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      Ciro's
      705 N Evergreen Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90033

      El Tepeyac Cafe
      812 N Evergreen Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90033

      1. Thanks for the suggestions guys. What do you think about King Taco or Tacos Baja Ensenada? These seem like institutions but does the food hold up?

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        1. re: sparkyk

          Baja Ensenada would be great. If you are looking for a place that has a wider menu selection and has really good food then I also suggest Teresitas Restaurant.

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          Tacos Baja Ensenada
          5385 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022

          Teresitas
          3826 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90063

          1. re: sparkyk

            No, King Taco never impressed me except for their Seso... Seso done fast food style is actually how it should be done. But it's hardly a dish for everyone...

            As for Tacos Baja... it is a TREASURE... nuff said...

            --Dommy!

            1. If you're headed out to Riverside anyway you could eat lunch at Babita... mmmm, Babita.

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              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                Silly me, I didn't realize Babita is open for lunch. Same menu? Yum!