mexican near glendale???
we are in for a short period of time and having a hard time getting away from friends and family to go to other areas. we are dying for some good mexican food, but dont want to stray more than 15 (ok 20) tops. any recommendations??
Something you won't find anyplace else in Los Angeles - Moles La Tia - is approximetly 12 miles from Glendale via the LA Freeway system.
Right there in Glendale at the newish upscale mall "Americana" is Frida http://www.fridarestaurant.com/ and, while it may not be the most "authentic" Mexican food in LA is none the less quite tasty. Not too far given your willingness to drive is Guelaguetza in Koreatown (either the 8th Street or the Olympic Blvd. branch would be equally good, although the Olympic Blvd. one has parking while the 8th Street one can be problematic in that regard).
One other possible choice you should consider (about 15 miles east of you via the 10 freeway) is Babita.
I am trying to recall if the Chichen Itza on 6th Street closed or it was the more casual branch downtown? If you interested check it out and then see which one is still operating.
1823 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776
3014 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006
2501 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057
3337 1/2 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005
Moles La Tia
4619 E Cesar E Chavez Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90022
Frida Restaurant Americana
750 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210
The taco truck on Colorado Blvd one block west of Eagle Rock Blvd in front of the comfort inn. A simple menu of carne asada tacos, burritos, and quesadillas (the best meat/cheese quesadilla in town, IMHO). Go there and don't look back. You won't regret it.
La Cabinita is excellent - located in Montrose, right next to Glendale! Regarding another poster's comment on ChichenItza - the downtown 6th Street location is definitely closed. The casual (order at the counter) spot in Mercado La Paloma is open - we just ate there last weekend. No alchohol there but very tasty food.
Mercado La Paloma
3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007
La Paloma Restaurant
2975 Foothill Blvd, La Verne, CA 91750
You're hopefully in the part of Glendale that's 10-15 minutes away from York Blvd - Mexican cuisine Central. Google "Jonathan Gold/York Blvd./ Mexican" and you should have a slew of wonderful options.