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podd103 Oct 26, 2009 02:10 PM

So I live in New York City and let's face it, most of the Mexican food here is severly lacking and I often feel very deprived-which is why I am so excited to be coming into the LA area next week! Specifically I am going to be in West Hollywood and wanted to know if I could get any recommends on good Mexican places to eat while I am in town? I am not above hole in the walls, carts, etc...

  1. Das Ubergeek Oct 26, 2009 03:48 PM

    Mariscos Chente.
    Monte Alban.
    Breed Street vendors (on Breed St. just north of Cesar Chavez from 7-11 PM unless they're chased away)
    La Huasteca.
    Babita.
    La Casita.

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek
      Phurstluv Oct 26, 2009 05:57 PM

      As wonderful as Mariscos chente is, I doubt the OP, who's a New Yorker, would have any reference for that type of Mexican. Maybe you should've 'splained.

      1. re: Phurstluv
        Das Ubergeek Oct 26, 2009 10:36 PM

        Persnickety, persnickety!

        Okay. Mariscos Chente is probably the finest Mexican seafood in all of LA. They source their seafood directly from Mazatlan and prepare it in Nayarit/Sinaloa style (these are two states in Mexico famous for seafood). Best dish is pescado zarandeado, which you purchase by the fish ($18/kilo prepared, includes tortillas). Any shrimp dish will do you fine, and it's langostino season so ask if they have any (they may or may not).

        Monte Alban is Oaxacan, the deep, rich, complicated flavours and sauces. This place is kind of a hole-in-the-wall but is very good.

        Breed Street is a collection of street vendors who gather in a parking lot across from a grocery store in East LA and sell real Mexican street food for amazingly cheap. Go to Nina's (the one behind the wall) and get a quezadilla or a sope de flor de calabaza, or maybe huitlacoche.

        La Huasteca is a nice sit-down place with a great tequila selection. One of the nicest Mexican restaurants in all LA, but not particularly close to WeHo. http://www.lahuasteca.com

        Babita is also not near WeHo but is another very good, sort of "alta cocina" (but not really) Mexican place. I love their beef cheeks there -- just amazingly tender.

        La Casita is the third of the "upper end" Mexican places and they are famous for chiles en nogada, which the season is right now (it requires pomegranate seeds and pomegranate trees all over the region are groaning with fruit).

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      Clyde Oct 26, 2009 04:16 PM

      in the west hollywood area- i like Antonios on Melrose. I'm a sucker for their spinach enchilada. Not sure how others on the board feel about it, but I've been going there for years.

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        houndofmusic Oct 26, 2009 05:39 PM

        West Hollywood is not ideal for Mexican. If you're willing to drive, then you should check out the places listed by Das Ubergeek in his post. If you want to stay close to West Hollywood, you might try Pinches Tacos on Sunset near Havenhurst or Loteria Grill in the Farmers Market or in Hollywood.

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        1. re: houndofmusic
          Phurstluv Oct 26, 2009 05:55 PM

          I was going to say the same thing, Weho is more known for trendy spots and maybe some sushi, as opposed to Mexican.

          If you want real authentic, you can head to East LA and attend those street fairs streetgourmetla always raves about. Or just about any taco truck on the east or westside will fix the craving.

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          nymmh Nov 2, 2009 08:25 AM

          El Coyote on Beverly Blvd has good Mexican food. Don't forget to try their ostrich tacos!

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            annapurna7 Nov 2, 2009 08:51 AM

            I disagree with you on El Coyote. I'm not a fan and do not consider it authentic Mexican food.

            I would try Tere's on Melrose but before Vine (?); a bit of a hole in the wall, but much better food. Hopefully, you can make it to Marisos Chente. :) A closer Oaxacan restaurant to you might be Guelaguetza on Olympic Blvd in Keorea town.

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            Tere's Mexican Grill
            5870 Melrose Ave Ste 1, Los Angeles, CA 90038

            Guelaguetza
            3014 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

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