La Fuente is the kind of old-school Mexican restaurant that cures your soul as soon as you walk through the door. The place is miniature, but between the boisterous waitstaff and the plates of food larger than your torso, you feel right at home immediately. Don’t come looking for modern takes on the tamale here. This is your cheese and sauce-doused enchilada combo paradise, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Order the El Rey burrito and have enough food for three separate meals.
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Sonny’s Hideaway is an old Hollywood-themed restaurant/bar in Highland Park that’s actually tolerable.
Dos Mujeres is a literal grill on the side of the road and our favorite tacos in Highland Park.
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Chori-Man in San Pedro serves huge and delicious breakfast burrito stuffed with LA’s best chorizo.
Lula Cocina Mexicana
Lula Cocina Mexicana is good-time cantina in Santa Monica with solid Mexican food and great margaritas.
North End Caffe
North End Caffe in Manhattan Beach is a diner doing some interesting spins on greasy spoon classics.
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El Compadre is an old-school Mexican restaurant in Hollywood that’s one of the best and most consistent parties in town.
La Cabaña Restaurant
Mexican restaurant La Cabaña is a Venice landmark with huge burritos and a killer back patio.
When it comes to old standbys, El Coyote is about as accurate as that term gets. Come here for the drinks, the history, the atmosphere, the conversation, and inevitably, the sloppy walk home.
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