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Best Mexican Restaurant in LA?

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Meri1981 May 7, 2011 09:48 AM

Hello,

I read several reviews of not Americanize Mexican restaurant, and I want to know, from the following which one is the best. I doesn't matter the price or location, just the food:

1. El Tepeyac Café

2. Malo

3. Monte Alban

4. La Serenata de Garibaldi

5. Gardens of Taxco

6. Moles La Tia

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Monte Alban
11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Malo
4326 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

Gardens of Taxco
1113 N. Harper Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90046

La Serenata
1416 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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

El Tepeyac Restaurant
385 E Mill St Ste 4, San Bernardino, CA 92408

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  1. ipsedixit RE: Meri1981 May 7, 2011 11:36 AM

    None.

    I would go to Babita before any of those.

    But if I had to choose from your list, I would go to Malo.

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    Malo
    4326 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

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      Burger Boy RE: ipsedixit May 8, 2011 12:41 PM

      Have you been to Moles La Tia I found it amazing.

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

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        mc michael RE: ipsedixit May 8, 2011 01:21 PM

        Here's Babita. Wish they had tequilla.

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        Babita
        1823 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

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          ronsilverado RE: ipsedixit May 9, 2011 05:48 PM

          Before Monte Alban?

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          Monte Alban
          11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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            ipsedixit RE: ronsilverado May 9, 2011 08:04 PM

            Yes.

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          estone888 RE: Meri1981 May 7, 2011 11:45 AM

          Second Babita. Also Casita Mexicana and Cacao Mexicatessan in Eagle Rock. If I had to choose from your list I'd pick La Serenata, but only the original branch on 1st St. in Boyle Heights.

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            ipsedixit RE: estone888 May 7, 2011 11:57 AM

            That's the only branch of LSdG open now.

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              Servorg RE: ipsedixit May 7, 2011 12:10 PM

              La Serenata (they may not be a "baldy") on Pico in WLA is still up and running. The Santa Monica La Serenata is becoming/became an Yxta outpost. What about the Northridge La Serenata? Is that one still extant?

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              La Serenata
              10924 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

              Yxta Cocina Mexicana
              601 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021

              La Serenata
              19265 Roscoe Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324

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                carter RE: Servorg May 7, 2011 12:39 PM

                ABC shows there to be a La Serenata in both Northridge and Canoga Park, yet neither owned by a member of the Rodriguez family. Its ownership family name is Barajas.
                A connection?

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                La Serenata
                19265 Roscoe Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324

                Canoga Cafe
                6200 Canoga Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

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                  ipsedixit RE: carter May 7, 2011 12:41 PM

                  Not according to this.
                  http://www.laserenataonline.com/histo...

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                    carter RE: ipsedixit May 7, 2011 01:26 PM

                    You are right - the valley units have nothing to do with the one in Boyle Heights, and there is no mention of them on the company website either.

          2. Das Ubergeek RE: Meri1981 May 8, 2011 05:25 PM

            Moles la Tia, I guess... but your list should include La Casita Mexicana, Mariscos Chente, and El Cholo.

            (Kidding about El Cholo.)

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            La Casita Mexicana
            4030 Gage Ave, Bell, CA 90201

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

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              carter RE: Meri1981 May 10, 2011 10:22 AM

              Well, having had my first meal at Playa in the former Grace location on Beverly Blvd., just west of El Coyote, I must say that their appetizers are sensational, entrees delicious, great wine and cocktail selection with cocktails made from fresh juices, etc.
              I like Babita a lot, yet Playa and its sibling downtown Rivera, are different worlds of Mexican/Latin food.
              All 3 options(not including the coyote, btw) are better than any place mentioned on your list.

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                mc michael RE: carter May 10, 2011 11:42 AM

                what are the differences (if any) between Playa and Rivera?

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                  carter RE: mc michael May 10, 2011 04:41 PM

                  Playa is more casual, yet in an industrial modern design that is not exactly unlike the look of Rivera, but lighter, more playful in concept. The appetizers are definitely lighter, and the number of serious entree dishes is about 6-7. We tasted the NY steak, the pork and the duck. All 3 were good, yet the NY would rate lowest, simply because I prefer pork and duck. Personal favorites for me were the appetizers, with the maize cakes a reallllly tasty take on corn tortillas, with all kinds of variations. Guac as accompaniment was tasty. Superb wine list as is the case downtown.
                  Proximity might be as big a difference for you if you don't live, work, or have a need to be downtown.
                  Staff is VERY well trained, affable and knowledgable as you can imagine. Professional in every way.

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                loreeLB RE: Meri1981 May 10, 2011 12:11 PM

                personally we are big fans of Gardens of Taxco... their melt in your mouth quesadilla appetizer, the flavorful soup, dont forget about the salsa, chips & pickled vegs we LOVE it... but, not only for the food.. :) the chicken in salsa verde never fails, neither does their surprisingly good pasta & cheese! the mole is a fave of friends and never had a bad meal here!!

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                Gardens of Taxco
                1113 N. Harper Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90046

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                  Das Ubergeek RE: loreeLB May 10, 2011 02:47 PM

                  That's because it was BORRRRRRRRRRRRN in the sauce. (What a revolting thought, upon closer examination.)

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                    ipsedixit RE: Das Ubergeek May 10, 2011 03:39 PM

                    ... neither does their surprisingly good pasta & cheese ...

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                    And, of course, the one thing that is surprisingly good at a purported [cough, cough] Mexican restaurant is .... the pasta?!!

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                  jamiemica RE: Meri1981 May 10, 2011 12:45 PM

                  Check out chichenitza for amazing Mexican food from the cancun side. Gardens of taxco is fun but not quality mexican food. El Tepayec and Malo are great as well

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                  Malo
                  4326 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

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                    BSW6490 RE: Meri1981 May 11, 2011 01:28 PM

                    Frida in Beverly Hills is very good.

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