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Who is doing new things with classic LA/Mexican food?

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I am planning a research trip back to my home town with my boss to research new trends in LA Mexican dishes for some inspiration. Hoping for farm fresh, new style/traditional. Great vegetarian. Simple and maybe family style. Any recommendations considered. Thanks in advance. I am getting excited to eat some great food.
Cheers, Moondoggy.

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  1. Check out Playa & Rivera (both by John Sedlar). Then visit Cacao Mexicatessen for contrast.

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

    Cacao Mexicatessen
    1576 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

    Playa
    7360 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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    1. re: Servorg

      Well, great food will definitely be an option at both Playa and Rivera, the two most exciting Mexican-focused restaurants in the upper echelon of dining in many years locally.
      Loteria is good in the mid-price range with fastish food focus.
      and then of course you need to check into www.streetgourmetLA.com for everything Bill Esparza has to say on the subject, being the resident guru on all foods Mexican.

    2. Loteria Grill has some really good food and many vegetarian choices including
      Nopalitos - Fresh Cactus Salad. Served with Salsa Verde and Queso Fresco.
      Calabacitas - Zucchini and Roasted Corn Succotash Served with Salsa Verde, Finely Chopped Onion and Cilantro, and Queso Fresco.
      ChampiƱones con Epazote - Mushrooms with Epazote Served with Finely Chopped Onion and Cilantro, Queso Fresco, and Salsa Verde.
      Papa con Rajas - Potatoes with Roasted Poblano Peppers Served with Finely Chopped Onion and Cilantro, Queso Fresco, and Salsa Verde all for their tacos and Burritos.
      At three locations including a stand at Farmers Market- 3rd and Fairfax and nice sit-down full restaurants on Hollywood Blvd. and Studio City.

      http://www.loteriagrill.com

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      Loteria Grill
      6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

      Loteria Grill
      12050 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91604

      1. I'd suggest visiting both Cook's Tortas and their sister restaurant Guisados.

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        Cook's Tortas
        1944 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

        Guisados
        2100 E. Cesar E Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90033