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Old 05-22-2018, 10:16 AM
 
Location: California
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Let's hear 'em!

I'm not a fan of the modern/trendy/upscale places which seem to be popping up everywhere. I prefer the old-school family style restaurants, hole-in-the-wall taco places, etc.

Which ones do you find yourself eating at the most?
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Old 05-22-2018, 10:25 AM
 
Location: NNV
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If you're willing to travel to the Inland Empire, I like Casa Diaz in Mira Loma:

Menu - 11090 Limonite Av. Mira *Loma CA 91752

El Tepeyac in East L.A. is a loooong time favorite and you should try it if you haven't. To me it's good, not great, but it's about quantity there.

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Old 05-22-2018, 10:25 AM
 
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taco bell
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Old 05-22-2018, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Houston
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I visit LA frequently and have been looking for good places. Of course, "good" is matter of personal opinion. Anyway, I hope more people will suggest places in this thread.

I do enjoy old-school places, as well. But, so far, the only memorable meal I've had was the mole sampler at Frida's in Torrance. I realize that place falls into the category of modern/trendy/upscale ... but the 4 moles were pretty good. Last time I was in LA with a Mexican friend, we tried recommended places in Santa Monica and another east of there. The first had a more upscale Anglo crowd and the 2nd was more Hispanic. Don't recall the names. They were OK, but not great.

I'm in Houston, which has many places (some good, others not so), but LA has got to have way more. I should note that for years I've been going out with my friend from Mexico, who has lived all over Mexico. He's extremely picky and we have different tastes, but I'm sure I've been influenced by him. He often complains about US places putting cheese in everything, especially yellow cheese, which he says isn't used in Mexico. However ... I'm pretty open-minded ... if it's good (to me), it's good. Authentic can be great, but places that modify the cuisine for gringos like me can also be good.

For both of us, we've almost always been disappointed in places listed in "best Mexican food" articles on the internet. But, I'm not giving up ... gotta keep trying new places.

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Old 05-22-2018, 05:08 PM
 
Location: So Ca
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El Cholo on Western in L.A.
History of El Cholo, Mexican Restaurant | El Cholo Mexican Restaurants
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Old 05-22-2018, 05:11 PM
 
Location: California
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I've been to El Cholo, it was quite good.

I will add Pacos Tacos to the list: 4141 S Centinela Ave Los Angeles, CA
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Old 05-22-2018, 05:19 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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The food from Tamales Lilianas is pretty good in East LA. (I don't really like the tamales, but the rest of the food is delicious)
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Old 05-22-2018, 05:28 PM
 
Location: California
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He often complains about US places putting cheese in everything, especially yellow cheese, which he says isn't used in Mexico. However ... I'm pretty open-minded ... if it's good (to me), it's good. Authentic can be great, but places that modify the cuisine for gringos like me can also be good.

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Totally agree. Authentic or not, I love Mexican food here in the states.

IMO, some of the best Mexican food in CA can be found in the central valley farming towns. Not only do you get some of the freshest ingredients, but prices are often very low.
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Old 05-22-2018, 06:31 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Sandra's Tamales in East LA, and El Tepayac in Boyle Heights. My buddy who is born and raised in the area has taken me to both on many occasions when I'm in town. While nothing beats them fresh, I try to put an order in for tamales if I know he's coming to San Diego on a Friday. When Sandra sells out, Lolitas just up the street is a good second option. Apparently they are sisters and split up, I forget the whole backstory.
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Old 05-22-2018, 07:00 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Pepe’s Alhambra and Temple City. Best hard shell tacos, taquitos, asada burritos. Family owned since 1962 (?). I try and visit whenever I’m in Southern California.

King Taco deserves an honorable mention also.

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