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Good Mexican near LAX

Hi Hounds, this is my first post so please be gentle.
I'll be in LA (Near LAX) for one night in transit later this week. The Mexican we have hear in Oz is terrible stuff and I am keen to get to a good Mexican Restaurant. I'll be cabbing it so close to LAX is important. I know some great spot in SF but LA is a bit of a mystery to me.
Please help.
Thanks in anticipation
Dave

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  1. Close to LAX (maybe 5 minutes or so) is Paco's Tacos. They make their own tortillas in house and are a good option for staying near the airport.

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    Paco's Tacos Cantina
    6212 W Manchester Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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    1. re: Servorg

      Oooh, wow. One note there: The Paco's that's down on Centinela (in Culver City) is yards better than the one on Manchester - but crowded, and not a "close cab ride" from LAX. However, if you're looking convenience from LAX, the Paco's on Manchester (or Hacienda on Lincoln @ 84th) might be the closest option. Neither are "exceptional." I've lived in the LAX area for years and unfortunately haven't found any Mexican food that completely blows me away.

      One place we do go to when we want a decent Mexican meal is Teresa's Mosaic Cafe (on Sepulveda at El Segundo blvd. in a mini-mall). It's a quick cab ride from LAX, the menu's good, the food decent, and the margaritas are excellent.

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      Teresa's Mosaic Cafe
      150 S Sepulveda Blvd Ste G, El Segundo, CA 90245

      1. re: cagey

        I 2nd Teresa's Mosaic Cafe. Very good homemade food and tortillas. Busy at lunch but quiet at dinner. The pork dishes are wonderful especially the Lomo Adobado, Oaxacan-style pork loin marinated in red spices. Served with calabacitas con queso (Sonoran-style squash, corn, tomatoes, onions and cheese) and black beans.
        Worth a trip.
        http://www.yelp.com/biz/teresas-mosai...

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        Teresa's Mosaic Cafe
        150 S Sepulveda Blvd Ste G, El Segundo, CA 90245

        1. re: wienermobile

          I haven't seen lomo adobado on a menu since El Gato, on Sepulveda, closed down in the '70's. Loved it.

        2. re: cagey

          What's the name of the place on Century about a mile east of La Cienega on the north side of the street? I went there once and it wasn't too bad.

          1. re: mucho gordo

            Casa Gamino? Used to have our Hughes Aircraft office luncheons there in the early 90s, but it's been years since I've been.

            1. re: cagey

              Another HAC alumni here (72 thru 78). I logged a lot more hours eating at the Wild Goose than at most any of the other restaurants down that way. ;-D>

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              Wild Goose
              11604 Aviation Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90304

              1. re: Servorg

                (RSG '85-'91) There goes your secret clearance! The Goose is soon to pass into history too I hear.

                1. re: cagey

                  I ate my prime rib at the Goose like a paraphrased version of the old joke in Texas about how you eat an armadillo. "One eye on the prime rib and one eye on the stage"

              2. re: cagey

                That sounds about right. My cousin was staying at the Hampton Inn and Casa Gamino was on the hotels list of places to eat in the area.

                1. re: cagey

                  Ah, the "Goose"...Lunch specials used to cost $2 many years ago when we crossed Aviation Blvd through the hole in the fence during the old B-1B Rockwell days. Of course we went there ONLY for the cheap eats, right? The Casa Gamino in Pico Rivera also brings back a lot of old memories from the B-2 days of the early 80s. I would rate them similar to Cozymel in El Segundo (close by the airport) for ambience and quality. Lunch time on weekdays might be a challenge though.

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                  Cozymel's
                  2171 Rosecrans Ave, El Segundo, CA 90245

              3. re: cagey

                Hey this looks good. I'll be on Sepulveda around lunch so I'll give it a go.
                Thanks Cagey!

            2. I also like La Sirena Grill in El Segundo. Upscale Mexican food and some creative dishes. Can be very busy at dinner time. Nice patio dining.
              http://www.lasirenagrill.com/

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              La Sirena Grill & Cantina
              710 S Allied Way, El Segundo, CA 90245

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              1. re: wienermobile

                I see that it does have a place link already existing in the CH database and now thanks to your putting the website in your post I was able to add that to the place link information too.

              2. I heard quite good things about Mariscos Chente, which is just south of the airport, and have been meaning to get there -- though I haven't yet. If you'll search this board you'll find comments about it.

                (I was not happy with Paco's on Manchester the one time I've been there.)

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                Mariscos Chente
                10020 Inglewood Ave, Lennox, CA 90304

                Mariscos Chente
                10820 Inglewood Ave, Lennox, CA 90304

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                1. re: Capybara

                  I've always been surprised (and found them to be tasty) that Paco's offers Taco De Cochinita Pibil or a plate serving of Cochinita Pibil. Not what this type of place normally has on their menu. And I do like their tortillas.

                2. If you like seafood alot, maybe the Mariscos Chente location in Lennox. It's pretty much an all seafood menu. Most of the shrimp dishes (camrones a la diabla or a la cucaracha are good, as is the famous grilled whole fish dish called pescado zarandeado. Chente is famous for sourcing its fish from Mazatlan Mexico and sending one of its staff down there to pick it up personally. Do a search on this board for Mariscos Chente and feel the love for the place.

                  The Lennox location is about a 5 minute cab ride from LAX. Lennox is a seedy, run down neighborhood, so if you have any wilting flower types, don't go late at night. You might want to arrange a drop off / pickup arrangement with the cab company ahead of time, or you might have a hard time getting a cab to come meet you. Worst case, walk to the strip club on the next block (Bare Elegance) and your chances of getting a cab ride home will increase tremendously.

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                  Mariscos Chente
                  10820 Inglewood Ave, Lennox, CA 90304

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                  1. re: Professor Salt

                    I would highly recommend:

                    El Puerto Escondido,
                    915 W Arbor Vitae St
                    Inglewood, CA 90301

                    Which people say is within walking distance of LAX. It is like an authentic Baja Style seafood restaurant with great quality and good prices:

                    http://www.yelp.com/biz/el-puerto-esc...

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                    El Puerto Escondido
                    4182 W El Segundo Blvd, Hawthorne, CA 90250

                    1. re: doug5551

                      That's quite a walk (and I'm not sure the OP's desire to "cab it" would work). Puerto Escondido does good wet burritos though.

                    2. re: Professor Salt

                      the pescado zarandeado is NOT available at the airport (lennox) location.

                        1. re: Professor Salt

                          i used to have pz twice a week.
                          i'm hoping they'll either
                          1) find a new location that will accomodate a grill
                          or
                          2) fix up an outdoor installation of a grill for the weekends at least

                    3. Try Beach Mex in El Segundo.
                      Can't be more than $20 to the restaurant?
                      409 E Grand Ave

                      1. definitely try HACIENDA DEL REY on Lincoln Blvd near Manchester (very close to LAX).

                        8347 Lincoln Boulevard
                        Los Angeles, CA 90045-2413
                        (310) 670-8588

                        they have great seafood enchiladas and traditional mexican dishes. it's usually not packed on weeknights and their tortillas and handmade too.