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Top 7 Mexican restaurants around Los Angeles

June 17, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
When dining out in Los Angeles, Mexican food is a popular option! ABC7 teamed up with Citysearch.com to find the top 7 Mexican restaurants in Southern California:1. Guelaguetza

Guelaguetza is a popular, family-owned spot. A restaurant and a deli, Guelaguetza has been dedicated to providing traditional, regional style dishes from the Mexican state of Oaxaca.

"It's a real neighborhood find. They've been around for about 15 years, but people are still discovering it every single day, and once you're here, you're hooked," said Mar Yvette of Citysearch.com.

Popular dishes include the chilaquiles, smothered in traditional Mexican string cheese, the berry-infused horchata and the clauda, also known as the 'Oaxacan pizza'.

Co-owner Bricia Lopez recommends the tamal de mole, which is wrapped in a banana leaf, and covered in mole negro with chicken.

"It's just unbelievable. I mean, that's our No. 1 seller," Lopez said.

2. La Seranata de Garibaldi

La Seranata de Garibaldi is known as an oasis in Boyle Heights, according to Yvette.

Behind large, ornate wooden doors, visitors can expect a relaxing experience and an expanded menu full of daily specials.

Aurora Rodriguez, who co-owns the restaurant with her husband Jose, said the recipes come from all over the country of Mexico.

"It's not fast food. We take time to prepare," she said.

Specialties at La Seranata include Atlantic salmon dressed in molcajete sauce, and the tilapia and shrimp, prepared with spicy Veracruz sauce.

3. Loteria Grill

Loteria Grill is located at the Original Farmer's Market on Fairfax Boulevard. Loyal customers love the spicy veggies and tender meats, as well as side dishes like calabasitas.

Loteria Grill is very well known for their freshly made, warm tortillas and delicious agua frescas.

Here are the Mexican restaurants rounding out the top 7:

4. Casa Sanchez in West L.A.

5. Malo in Silver Lake

6. El Patio Bar & Grill in El Monte

7. Las Fuentes in Reseda

Great Mexican restaurants are, of course, not exclusive to Los Angeles:

Orange County: El Toro Bravo in Costa Mesa

Inland Empire: Las Campanas Mexican Cuisine & Cantina in Riverside

Ventura County: Corrales Mexican in Ventura

There's no way this list is complete. Share your favorite in the comments below!


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