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.
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.
3014 West Olympic Boulevard
1445 Fourth Street
Between Broadway and Santa Monica Blvd
3655 South Grand Avenue
Mercado la Paloma
6333 West 3rd Street
1121 South Western Avenue
South of Olympic Blvd
Popular, old-fashioned Mexican cuisine... read more
West 17 Olvera Street
Mexican food in the oldest brick house in L.A...