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Good Mexican places to eat at in California

Me and my girlfriend are going to California for the first time. We love Mexican food and hear California has the best. We are wanting to know of good places to eat at. Restaurants, taco trucks, or fast food it doesn't matter. 

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Kelsey from Los Angeles

For the best burritos in LA-and quite possibly the best burritos you'll ever have- venture out to Al & Bea's Mexican Food in Boyle Heights. Their tortillas are locally made daily, but it's their green salsa (actually looks like a light red/orange color) is what makes everything so good. My personal recommendations are the bean and cheese burrito with green sauce and an order of green chile cheese fries. Cash only, ATM on site.

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  1. Al & Bea's Mexican Food (restaurant)
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Chelsy from Los Angeles

Alibi RoomAlibi Mix of Mexican/Korean(low cost) from the infamous Roy Choi Kogi BBQ These are all Roys venues New LocoL Watts Korean POT  Mix Chego Hawaiian styleA-Frame Caribbean Sunny Spot 

Petty Cash Taqueria

More Mex

Petty Cash Taqueria High end mex in the Los Angeles Arts District Village Tavern low cost


La Serenata de Garibaldi

Super Mex

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Alibi Room (restaurant)
  2. Kogi BBQ (restaurant)
  3. LocoL Watts (restaurant)
  4. POT (restaurant)
  5. Chego (restaurant)
  6. A-Frame (restaurant)
  7. Sunny Spot (restaurant)
  8. Petty Cash Taqueria (restaurant)
  9. Los Angeles Arts District (neighborhood)
  10. Village Tavern (restaurant)
  11. La Serenata de Garibaldi (restaurant)
  12. Super Mex (restaurant)
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Andrea from Lima, Peru

Gracias Madre is a beautiful and delicious vegan Mexican restaurant.

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  1. Gracias Madre (restaurant)
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Natasha from Santa Monica

Boyle HeightsGuisados for incredibly fresh and tasty street tacos. They also have locations in DTLA and Echo Park. My favorites are Cochinita Pibil and Tinga de Pollo. Wash them down with a cantaloupe aqua fresca.

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  1. Boyle Heights (attraction)
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Kevin from Hermosa Beach

El Tarasco Mexican Food There's a few locations (Venice Beach a block from the pier) & Manhattan Beach (Rosecrans & Highland), Redondo Beach (on PCH). The MB location is the best, just a counter with big, wet burritos, crunchy tacos, great enchiladas and the best Mexican rice served anywhere!

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  1. El Tarasco Mexican Food (restaurant)
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JP from Sherman Oaks, California

It's almost too broad of a question. We have tons of great Mexican places. I would go check out Olvera St in downtown LA. It's the oldest part of LA. 

Lots of places to eat and see. It's a fun day out. Also check out El Choloout of this world great food.

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  1. Olvera St (attraction)
  2. El Cholo (restaurant)
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Wow! You are in for a gastronomical treat. There are so many great options all over LA. To keep the list simple and brief, I'll list a few of my favorites in the central (Hollywood, WeHo) part of town, while freely admitting there are so many great places in other neighborhoods too. So, here goes: 


Full Service, Fancy(ish) Restaurants: 

The Original Red Onion - Celeb chef Rick Bayless' first SoCal restaurant - Hollywood 

Toca Madera West Hollywood - New, hip, beautiful lounge/restaurant with great food. Reservations a Must. - West 3rd St in LA/WeHo  

Tortilla Republic Weho - funky, nice room with a small but quite good menu. Original location is in Hawaii. - WeHo (in the middle of the LGBT prime area.  



Cactus Taqueria - my go-to place for everything from breakfast burritos to late night tacos. Very broad menu that has no bad items. - Multiple locations in town.  

Guisados - All about the tacos of braised meats or seafood with flavor combos you drool over. No taco on menu over $4. Hint: the Sampler Plate gives you 6 different mini tacos for $7. Great aqua Fresca as well. - 4 locations around town, including one in classic downtown LA and one in WeHo.  

Ricky's Fish Tacos - hands down the best fish taco I've had in LA. It is a food truck that remains stationary with picnic style seating. - 1400 N Virgil in Hollywood 


And One Place That Defies Categorization: 

El Carmen - Tequila bar with over 200 tequilas and mezcala? Small plates of Mexican dishes on a simple menu? Museum/tribute to Lucha Libre with hundreds of masks displayed on the walls and ceiling? Yep. All of these. Quite the place. - West 3rd St in LA/WeHo

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. The Original Red Onion (restaurant)
  2. Toca Madera West Hollywood (restaurant)
  3. Tortilla Republic Weho (restaurant)
  4. Cactus Taqueria (restaurant)
  5. Guisados (restaurant)
  6. Ricky's Fish Tacos (restaurant)
  7. El Carmen (restaurant)
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