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I go to LA about 3 times a year to visit my husband's family in panorama city...but this time I'm just going for a quick vacay with my mom and her friend...I've been to places like Tito's Tacos, Casa Vega, Kogi & Salsa & Beer...those places are ok but I'm questioning what I've been missing out on that I can check out this time...i want good mexican food and maybe some breakfast hot spots...help?

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Tito's Tacos
11222 Washington Pl, Culver City, CA 90230

Kogi
Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

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

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  1. Any areas you're leaning towards or against?

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    1. re: bulavinaka

      not really...we'll probably stay somewhere by the airport but no further north than burbank and no further south than long beach?

      1. re: amsalas23

        Although it straddles the Westside and the South Bay, in terms of accessibility and geography, I consider the LAX area to be at the north end of the general South Bay area. I'd hit up The Original Pancake House in Redondo Beach, or Uncle Bill's Pancake House in Manhattan Beach.

        As for Mexican, it's pretty hard to beat Mariscos Chente in Inglewood/Lennox. This is not your frijoles with yellow cheese kind of place. It's Mexican seafood from the Pacific Coast - Sinaloa and Nayarit. If you appreciate seafood prepared with a delicate hand and enjoy flavors from Mexico, this is your place. The reason I mentioned both Inglewood and Lennox is because the chef who developed a serious following - Sergio Penuelas - started out at the Mar Vista location, then moved over to one of the other of two locations - I'm not sure which one he is at right now.

        I just had a great meal at Rivera in Downtown LA. It's another place that is not beans w/ yellow cheese. I think to sum it up, it's Latin fusion, but done with some serious thought and execution. They have small plates, entrees, tasting menu and full bar. It's kinda sophisticated - definitely not shorts and t-shirts - but worth the visit if you want more of a dining experience. Very nice space in the newish Staples Center/Nokia Center/LA Live part of Downtown.

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        Uncle Bill's Pancake House
        1305 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

        Mariscos Chente
        10020 Inglewood Ave, Lennox, CA 90304

        Mariscos Chente
        4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

        Rivera Restaurant
        1050 S. Flower Street, #102, Los Angeles, CA 90015

        1. re: bulavinaka

          sergio has been cooking at the inglewood location for a while now.
          on imperial highway near yukon.
          their # is 310-672-2339
          i always call before going to make sure he is indeed cooking that that day.

        2. re: amsalas23

          If you'd consider Malibu, look into the Beachcomber for breakfast. Not been to that location, but the Beachcomber in Crystal Cove, Newport Beach is a terrific breakfast spot...right on the beach & terrific setting therefore....and really good breakfasts, especially the French toast.

          For another occasion when you'd consider Orange County, the Coyote Grill in Laguna Beach has terrific Mexican style breakfasts in a super casual location with a deck overlooking the ocean.

      2. Amazing French Toasts can be had at 26 Beach Restaurant in Venice, they serve everyday till 3pm. Enjoy your stay.

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        26 Beach
        3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

        1. In case you might like to look at a WIDE variety of breakfast choices you could peruse this thread that covers a lot of the LA territory: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7193...

          1. If you want to combine the two and have some great mexican breakfast, try the chilaquiles at La Casita Mexicana.

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            La Casita Mexicana
            4030 Gage Ave, Bell, CA 90201

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            1. re: burumun

              Wow thanks everyone for ideas and specifics! Much appreciated!

            2. i second the recs for 26 beach and Mariscos Chente.

              also, for Oaxacan , Monte Alban in West LA.

              Lares on Pico
              Tacomiendo
              Gilbert's El Indio
              all places i like

              for breakfast,
              3 Square in Venice
              Huckleberry in Santa Monica

              if you feel like driving over toward Hollywood, i'd recommend Griddle Cafe for decadence and Square One for solid fare

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              Monte Alban
              11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

              Tacomiendo
              11462 Gateway Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

              3 Square Cafe
              1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

              Gilbert's El Indio
              2526 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

              Mariscos Chente
              4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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              1. re: Emme

                Griddle Cafe is good!