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mexican food near downtown LA?

helenhelen Aug 5, 2009 06:47 PM

I am in LA until Sunday and am staying downtown (near Little Tokyo). Am wondering if anyone can recommend a good place for mexican food that is not too far away - either walking distance or not too far on public transit. Thanks!

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  1. monku RE: helenhelen Aug 5, 2009 06:52 PM

    Grand Central Market within walking distance of Little Tokyo. Lot's of different foods but mostly Mexican places.

    Ana Maria's for some great carnitas.

    1. monku RE: helenhelen Aug 5, 2009 06:55 PM

      Senor Fish in Little Tokyo
      First Street at Alameda in Little Tokyo

      Senor Fish
      422 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

      1. Chowpatty RE: helenhelen Aug 5, 2009 07:16 PM

        Yxta is near Little Tokyo and has good food and real drinks, unlike the smaller places. Perhaps not the best neighborhood for walking at night, though.

        Yxta Cocina Mexicana
        601 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021

        1. Baron RE: helenhelen Aug 5, 2009 07:44 PM

          La Serenata De Garibaldi is a very unique and special Mexican restaurant a short cab ride from Little Tokyo. They specialize in seafood. Check their website


          1. JAB RE: helenhelen Aug 5, 2009 09:07 PM

            La Luz Del Dia on nearby Alvera St. for their carnitas.

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              Sam D. RE: JAB Aug 5, 2009 09:56 PM

              I second La Luz Del Dia. It's at the south end of Olvera Street, which is a one-block long pedestrian walkway lined with Mexican themed merchants and eateries.

            2. SmokeyDoke RE: helenhelen Aug 5, 2009 10:28 PM

              Casa is a short cab drive away.

              350 South Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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                romina RE: helenhelen Aug 6, 2009 08:06 AM

                My favorite Mexican food restaurant in downtown is called La Taquiza on Figueroa and 30th all you have to do is take the F or G bus (sorry its been a while since I used the transit system down there) but if not its a 7 dollar cab ride from little tokyo. La Taquiza is right by USC and its a student favorite but I know that during lunch time people who work downtown will hope on the bus to grab some great tacos. My favorite thing to order there is the CA chicken salad, its like salad nachos with rice, beans, and tortilla chips underneath a bed of lettuce, tomatoes and avocados. Make sure to try the avocado salsa at the salsa bar and also their handmade corn tortillas are to die for!! Also, the fruit juices are super good, my fave is the cantelope or good ole horchata.

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                  mdpilam RE: romina Aug 6, 2009 11:36 PM

                  I love La Taquiza too, and it's probably my favorite LA burrito, but my one complaint is that their jalapenos are not spicy. It's like they soak the spice out of them...

                2. streetgourmetla RE: helenhelen Aug 6, 2009 07:17 PM

                  You can get to the Breed St. Mexican street food fair on the Rapid 720, it's on Breed and Cesar Chavez..Friday and Saturday around 7PM.If you get there a little early and hit it hard you'll have time to catch the last bus well fed.This is one of the greatest Mexican food experiences in LA, if not the best.

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