Check out Haute Living’s choices for the top 5 Mexican restaurants in LA.
1 Red O
This Mexican cuisine experience conceptualized by renowned chef Rick Bayless has already seen the number one spot on Haute Living’s top 5 last year. Bayless, a genius of Mexican food, has an outstanding list of achievements, including seven cookbooks and host of highly rated PBS series “Mexico – One Plate at a Time”, so you can be sure that this sophisticated destination will satisfy your taste buds, quite literally, one plate at a time. The authentic menu features iconic choices like dishes in its centerpiece, “Mexico’s Celebrated Seven” – try the Pollo en Mole Poblano Cochinita Pibil.
8155 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
323 655 5009
Guelaguetza is Mexican restaurant of the Oaxaca region and a huge crowd pleaser. The restaurants, which serves approximately 300 guests, has a menu that features Oaxaca Entrees like Especial de Carnes, a compilation of three of Guelaguetza’s Oaxacan meat selections, as well as Oaxaca-imported string cheese. This valuable destination also presents live entertainment and has its own online store, offering special homemade sauces, Oaxacan chocolates and Pan de Yema bread.
3014 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90006
213 427 0608
Just by its slogan, “Taco ‘Bout Good”, you already know that Yuca’s is a taco expert – and its expertise does not go unrecognized. The restaurant has received the James Beard Award in 2005 for “America’s Classics”. Yuca’s also has a famous Crazy Burrito that you should certainly try, accompanied by Yuca’s Special Salsa. If that isn’t enough, Yuca’s has a dedicated philanthropic staff. The website features a section “Dora Herrera” which features Yuca’s own Dora Herrera who highlights social causes and organizations.
4 Alegria on Sunset
Alegria on Sunset is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and welcomes guests with arms wide open. The menu is big and detailed oriented. You can’t go wrong with anything from Budin Aleria, also known as “Tamale Pie”, specially made with layers of sautéed corn tortillas, Alegria’s special Tomatillo sauce, seasoned Chicken Breast, creamy Jack Cheese, roasted Pumpkin Seeds, rajas of Chile Poblano, Crème Fraiche and sliced zucchini, baked to a hot and creamy perfection, to the tasty Camarones en Chipotle, Jumbo Black Tiger Shrimp grilled in olive oil and butter with red onions and green beans, served on layers of fresh spinach leaves and Chipotle Sweet Potato Mash.
5 Mariscos Chente
Mariscos Chente always finds itself receiving high reviews from its guests, who are consistently satisfied with the restaurant’s cuisine, service, friendliness and casual and relaxed ambiance… Its house specialty dish is the Pescado Zarandeado, nook fish butterflied and grilled served with a caramelized tangy onion sauce on the side – weighing over 1.5 kg. This restaurant is a popular destination for locals, and sees lots of amorous regulars.