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HELP! Father-In-Law Coming to town (Mexican)

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He is from Pheonix and LOVES this place called Los Dos Molinos. And I have to agree, it's phenominal. But he wants the best Mexican I can find in LA. So it has to be comparable to Los Dos. Not a chain, not boring (he loves spicy). We've done Don Cuco's, El Cholo (Santa Monica), and Casa Vega.

Any thoughts?


Casa Vega Restaurant
13301 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Don Cuco
3911 W Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91505

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  1. How about Guelaguetza? http://www.guelaguetzarestaurante.com. El Portal in Pasadena (sit on the patio) www.elportalrestaurant.com, or, Moles La Tia http://www.moleslatia.com.

    El Portal
    695 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101

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

    1. You can't possibly have mentioned Casa Vega when you were asking for the best Mexican options in LA. Not that I am not a fan of red Naugahyde booths and 2 item combos with rice and refried beans, but Casa Vega? Really? It isn't even the best cheesy Mexican option in the Valley.

      Casa Vega Restaurant
      13301 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

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      1. Take your father-in-law to Babita or La Casita Mexicana


        1823 San Gabriel Blvd
        San Gabriel
        626 288-7265

        La Casita Mexicana
        4030 Gage Avenue
        323 773-1898


        La Casita Mexicana
        4030 Gage Ave, Bell, CA 90201

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        1. re: Norm Man

          Babita was gonna be one of my recs.

          is Monte Alban not on your radar?

          Monte Alban
          11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

        2. Thanks all! We'll be showing him the list and seeing what tickles his fancy.


          1. Ditto Guelaguetza. Oaxacan, fabulous.

            1. Greetings, Mark!

              You and your father-in-law should enjoy any or all of these (in alpha order):

              Owner/Chef Roberto Berrelleza and his family take undeniable pride in delivering some of the most exquisite alta cocina Mexican cuisine in SoCal. Fabulous chiles en nogada (seasonal), braised lamb shank, beef cheeks and seafood specials. THE best handmade tortillas on the planet. Roberto has a very broad and deep knowledge of wine and food pairings that he is more than willing to discuss with you passionately and at great length. Superior service. Quaint, intimate atmosphere - like eating in someone’s home dining room. Open for L/D. Closed Mondays. $$$

              1823 S. San Gabriel Blvd.
              San Gabriel, CA 91776
              (626) 288-7265

              La Serenata De Garibaldi, in East LA, serves up superb Mexican cuisine focused upon fresh, exquisitely prepared seafood specialties but with numerous other options. The front entrance is locked and the place looks closed. Drive around back through the alley and valet your vehicle. Walk upstairs and open the door into another world, one almost totally disjoint from that just outside. Food and service are outstanding. I really love their chile rellenos and their caldo de pescadores (seafood soup). Beer and wine only. The wine Margaritas are, nonetheless, delightful. Open 7 days for B/L/D. $$

              La Serenata De Garibaldi
              1842 East First Street
              Los Angeles, CA 90033
              (323) 265-2887

              Moles La Tia is a small, charming East LA establishment specializing in complex, rich moles from the Puebla and Oaxaca regions of Mexico and lavishing them on such delectable offerings as frog’s legs, duck breast, giant shrimp and fresh fish from Baja California. They also make some of the best cheese enchiladas I’ve ever had. No alcohol whatsoever. The fresh-made jugos are a perfect compliment – try the cucumber. Truly exceptional. $$

              Moles La Tia
              4619 East Cesar Chavez Ave.
              Los Angeles, CA 90022
              (323) 263.7842

              John Sedlar’s Rivera, in Downtown LA, presents serious, alta cocina Mexican at its finest. The vibe, the cocktails (try the donaji), food and service are all world class. Genuine Jamon Iberico de Bellota Pata Negra, is all that its cracked up to be. Handmade tortillas with embedded dried flowers are served with a delicious guacamole, aptly referred to as “Indian butter”. The Duck Enfrijolada, Kurubota Pork Chop and Sautéed Cod are all to die for. A true, cross-cultural dining adventure. IMHO … Better even than Babita! $$$$

              1050 S. Flower St, #102
              Los Angeles, CA 90015
              (213) 749-1460

              Teresitas Restaurant, again in East LA, probably most closely approximates Los Dos Molinos. This family-owned and operated gem offers some of LA’s best traditional Mexican fare. The menu is quite extensive and everything is wonderfully prepared and presented. Daily specials. The espinazo con nopales (pork spine with cactus – Friday only), mole poblano (chicken mole – Thursday only) and the chilaquiles are great choices as are the camarones al mojo de ajo (garlic shrimp). Warm ambience and attentive service. Strong contingent of loyal patrons. Open for B/L/D. Closed Mondays. $$

              Teresitas Restaurant
              3826 E 1st St
              Los Angeles, CA 90063
              (323) 266-6045