Mexican Restaurants in Los Angeles

Following the United State's victory in the Mexican-American war (1846-48), the area that is now California was ceded by Mexico to the US. Suprise suprise, today there are still a ton of places to get great Mexican food here in Southern California. The selection ranges from a stellar taco-truck scene to a wide variety of regional Mexican restaurants (like Guelaguetza, a great Oaxacan joint famous for its moles) to more upscale foodie destinations in a Mexican mode.

Border Grill is on the ritzier side of the spectrum, with modern Mexican fare from star chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger. There are number of locations of Border Grill, including outposts in Santa Monica, downtown (where Ciudad used to be) and also Las Vegas.

Two cool eateries in food courtyards are also included here. The Loteria Grill is a popular spot in the Hollywood Farmers Market. The prices here are not extreme and the quality of the food is really good. For whatever reason I can never get enough of their Chicken Enchiladas Suizas, with their tasty tomatillo sauce. There are also more locations of Loteria Grill, one in Hollywood and one Studio City.

Another food court spot is Chichen Itza, a well known establishment which serves cuisine in the style of the Mexican Yucatan peninsula. Chicken Itza is located in the mysterious Mercado Paloma food court near USC; this great food court seems like it just descended from sky and landed here south of downtown.

Other restaurants listed here include El Cholo, which has been a local favorite for long time now.
Casa La Golondrina on Olvera Street is definitely more famous for its history and its margaritas than for its food, but is still worth noting.


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3014 West Olympic Boulevard

A taste of Oaxaca... read more

Border Grill

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1445 Fourth Street
Between Broadway and Santa Monica Blvd

Hot tamales... read more

Chichen Itza

3655 South Grand Avenue
Mercado la Paloma

Yucatan Food... read more

Loteria Grill

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6333 West 3rd Street

Inexpensive neighborhood fare... read more

El Cholo

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1121 South Western Avenue
South of Olympic Blvd

Popular, old-fashioned Mexican cuisine... read more

Casa La Golondrina

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West 17 Olvera Street

Mexican food in the oldest brick house in L.A...
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Birrieria Jalisco

1845 East 1st Street.

Guadalajara in the 310... read more
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