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Seeking Excellent Mexican (Un-Gringoized) Food/Comfy atmosphere

Hi! I need to find a great mexican restaurant in Los Angeles. If anyone recommends El Cholo, I will shoot myself. Many thanks!

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  1. No offense to El Cholo, but my bday guest doesn't want to go there.

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    1. re: orderedeverything

      If your guest is 35 or under, s/he might enjoy the Hollywood Boulevard Loteria Grill.
      If you like seafood, Serenata de Garibaldi in Boyle Heights has its good nights.
      If you want something edgy, Rivera is clearly the pick.
      In the Valley, I like Mexicali.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        what do you like about it? I will go on their website now-thanks.

        1. re: orderedeverything

          Good food, cooked by a chef (Roberto Berrelleza) that understands and cares about ingredients and the food he serves.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Forgot to mention, we're going on a Monday night. Babita is closed on Mondays :(

        2. La Casita Mexicana in Bell (L.A. County).

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          1. re: sel

            Their menu is making me hungry. Thanks for the info

            1. re: orderedeverything

              Get the flan with rompopo for dessert. It's phenomenal.

              Mr Taster

          2. Rocio's Moles de Los Dios and Guelaguetza.

            1. salsa & beer in NoHo for a more legit El Cholo experience.

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              1. re: ns1

                Along these lines, there's also Salsa & Beer in Van Nuys/ Reseda on White Oak. Often a line--for a good reason.

                1. re: mc michael

                  I would consider Salsa & Beer quite gringo-ized.......decent, but still gringofied.

                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                    Well, I DID describe it as a "more legit el cholo experience". Which is to say, if I wanted the El Cholo experience, I'd go to Salsa & Beer so that my taste buds will not be offended.

                    1. re: ns1

                      Yes, yes you did! Just clarifying for the general public!

              2. Definite La Casita Mexicana, they now serve beer. Their food is all homemade and delicious, I love their churros for dessert.
                Nobody mentioned Coni's Seafood on Imperial Highway for seafood. I like La Serenda de Garibaldi too, but it is a little bigger restaurant.