Best Mexican Restaurants in Los Angeles

  • Best Mexican Restaurants in Los Angeles: Yuca's

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    From tacos to tamales, these south-of-the-border spots serve some of L.A.’s top eats.

    From October 2013 By

    With its proximity to the border, Los Angeles has a staggering selection of delicious Mexican restaurants—everything from taco stands to refined dining rooms, authentic recipes to modern interpretations, and Yucatecan to Oaxacan regional cuisine. These tried-and-true spots are a sampling of the very best.

  • Best Mexican Restaurants in Los Angeles: Border Grill

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    Border Grill

    Celeb chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger put a light, modern spin on Mexican classics at this hip, urban cantina. Gourmet preparations emphasize fruits, veggies, and herbs—it’s the kind of place where you can have a fresh pomegranate margarita with your chipotle–Dungeness crab enchiladas.

  • Best Mexican Restaurants in Los Angeles: Chichen Itza

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    Chichén Itzá

    Ensconced in the Mercado la Paloma food hall, this quick-service eatery brings the Yucatán to the USC area. Favorites like the citrusy-hot pollo pibil (tender chicken legs cooked in banana leaves) and the Sunday-only lechón (slow-roasted baby pig) are so authentic that you’ll be surprised there’s no Mayan pyramid around the corner.

  • Best Mexican Restaurants in Los Angeles: Guelaguetza

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    Guelaguetza

    Holy mole: this family-run Oaxacan eatery is a shrine to mole sauce (the choice of red, yellow, green, and black complements the restaurant’s bright interior). Have yours with everything from chilaquiles and tlayudas (Mexican pizza), to simmered chicken and pork, to tamales and enchiladas. Don’t miss the encyclopedic selection of mezcal.

  • Best Mexican Restaurants in Los Angeles: Loteria Grill

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    Lotería Grill

    What began as a taco stand at the Farmers Market has expanded into a local chainlet of full-service restaurants serving an array of exceptionally flavorful regional Mexican specialties. Hop the South of the Border map from Jalisco pozole to Guerrero ceviche to Michoacán carnitas tacos while you contemplate the life-size lotería card artwork (and your good fortune). Additional locations in Studio City, Santa Monica, and Westlake Village.

  • Best Mexican Restaurants in Los Angeles: Yuca's

    Photo: Courtesy of Orly Olivier Photographie

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    Yuca’s

    Attention, burrito lovers: this tiny Los Feliz hut has earned not only a local cult following but also a prestigious James Beard Award. You’ll go loco for the stuffed-and-smothered “crazy burrito,” beefy carne asada tacos, and banana-leaf tamales filled with cochinita pibil (succulent pork), served only on Saturdays.

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  • Best Mexican Restaurants in Los Angeles: Yuca's

    With its proximity to the border, Los Angeles has a staggering selection of delicious Mexican restaurants—everything from taco stands to refined dining rooms, authentic recipes to modern interpretations, and Yucatecan to Oaxacan regional cuisine. These tried-and-true spots are a sampling of the very best.

  • Best Mexican Restaurants in Los Angeles: Border Grill

    Border Grill

    Celeb chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger put a light, modern spin on Mexican classics at this hip, urban cantina. Gourmet preparations emphasize fruits, veggies, and herbs—it’s the kind of place where you can have a fresh pomegranate margarita with your chipotle–Dungeness crab enchiladas.

  • Best Mexican Restaurants in Los Angeles: Chichen Itza

    Chichén Itzá

    Ensconced in the Mercado la Paloma food hall, this quick-service eatery brings the Yucatán to the USC area. Favorites like the citrusy-hot pollo pibil (tender chicken legs cooked in banana leaves) and the Sunday-only lechón (slow-roasted baby pig) are so authentic that you’ll be surprised there’s no Mayan pyramid around the corner.

  • Best Mexican Restaurants in Los Angeles: Guelaguetza

    Guelaguetza

    Holy mole: this family-run Oaxacan eatery is a shrine to mole sauce (the choice of red, yellow, green, and black complements the restaurant’s bright interior). Have yours with everything from chilaquiles and tlayudas (Mexican pizza), to simmered chicken and pork, to tamales and enchiladas. Don’t miss the encyclopedic selection of mezcal.

  • Best Mexican Restaurants in Los Angeles: Loteria Grill

    Lotería Grill

    What began as a taco stand at the Farmers Market has expanded into a local chainlet of full-service restaurants serving an array of exceptionally flavorful regional Mexican specialties. Hop the South of the Border map from Jalisco pozole to Guerrero ceviche to Michoacán carnitas tacos while you contemplate the life-size lotería card artwork (and your good fortune). Additional locations in Studio City, Santa Monica, and Westlake Village.

  • Best Mexican Restaurants in Los Angeles: Yuca's

    Yuca’s

    Attention, burrito lovers: this tiny Los Feliz hut has earned not only a local cult following but also a prestigious James Beard Award. You’ll go loco for the stuffed-and-smothered “crazy burrito,” beefy carne asada tacos, and banana-leaf tamales filled with cochinita pibil (succulent pork), served only on Saturdays.

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