Best Mexican Homestyle in LA?
I'm really craving a home style Mexican restaurant that serves REALLY GOOD soups! Not just tortilla soup, but all kinds. Looking for it to be home style, anywhere around town is fine. I'm in SFV but I can drive within 20 miles for some good food :)
Seems like most decent non-Americanized Mexican places will have a beef caldo, albondigas or a chicken soup, with seafood places serving fish or shrimp soup. (There's menudo and posole, but they're more stews I guess.) Then there are plenty of places advertising "siete mares" soup in east/NE L.A., but I haven't ever been brave enough to try them, though now I'm curious since you brought it up.
In the SFV I had a really good caldo from Vallarta market's hot food section (Victory w. of 405 Fwy). They have a pretty big selection and huge turnover, so lots of fresh stuff on hand. Love the chicken soup and albondigas at La Fuente in Highland Park (Monte Vista loc.), and the fish soup in one of the seafood stands (or the only one?) at Grand Central Market is simple and nice. It's funny, but this is a food category that L.A. Mexican restaurants seem to do particularly well, in my opinion at least.
Mi India Bonita Cafe in East L.A. does a perfect albondigas soup, which I think they only offer of Fridays. Definitely worth the drive but call first to make sure it's on offer.
Mi India Bonita
4731 E Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022
Maybe Chico's in Highland Park or Antojitos Guerrero nearby.
La Abeja too, but they aren't open for dinner. La Esquinita in the Echo Park area has great caldos as well, but they also close before dinner.
3700 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90065
5623 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042
1261 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026