Sonoran Mexican Food
After a phenomenal weekend in Phoenix with one of the best meals I've had in the western US at a New Mexican restaurant called Richardson's, I've got to re-ignite this thread.
I've shown my inexperience knowing the difference between Sonoran, New Mexican, and Tex Mex, so I won't make the same mistake twice (although I now know I'm looking more for the former and less for Tex-Mex), but I've got to find something close in LA!
Scouring the LA boards for New Mexican or Sonoran, it looks like I'm largely out of luck with the possible exception of Sonora Cafe (although the owner connection to El Cholo may be a non-starter for me), Anita's, or Santa Fe Station in some place called Lakewood:)
So am I out of luck, or is someone out there holding out on us?
And if I'm out of luck, I'll take some Tex-Mex recos. Thanks all.
180 S La Brea, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Santa Fe Station
4101 Lakewood Blvd, Lakewood, CA 90712
4307 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90037
ElJeffe.Sonora Cafe is southwestern, and mediocre at that.I feel your pain!
I went to Dick's Hideaway in Phoenix a couple of times and had great meals there.Dick's shares a kitchen,owner, and menu with Richardson's, it's right around the corner with no sign.There is nothing like them here, especially the Santa Fe cuisine which is their specialty.
There are no Sonoran restaurants here in LA period, which is lamentable since Sonoran cuisine is a favorite of mine.I go to Sonora every three months or so and absolutely love it!
I haven't tried Anita's of Santa Fe station, but would highly recommend the Tex-Mex Don Rogelio's in Lennox. It is simple homestyle Tex-Mex and I think will do the trick.The cocido is outstanding.
10618 S Inglewood Ave, Lennox CA
"There are no Sonoran restaurants here in LA period, which is lamentable since Sonoran cuisine is a favorite of mine.I go to Sonora every three months or so and absolutely love it!"
FYI... I have a feeling that when people ask for Sonoran... it doesn't mean what you might think it is. It is usually mentioned by people from Arizona, and represents a very narrow range of Sonoran border cuisine. My research has not yielded any restaurants in Arizona, New Mexico or Texas that specialize in the more interesting dishes of Sonora's "interior".
True.I was in Phoenix a week ago and saw mostly Southwestern.I think when people try Sonoran in AZ they are getting Southwestern food.Also, many locals in Arizona refer to a type of an obviously southwestern menu as Mexican food.I think Tucson gets more inspiration from Sonora yet remains a Southwestern style.
I went to Santa Fe Station for what was very good NM cuisine a week before they closed - permanently, as in not enough love for NM chow in L.A. so ya'al missed the boat! The owner did tell me that he owned another place about a block away called Dale's Diner or Cafe or something but I haven't eaten there.