Mercado isn’t the best Mexican food you’ll ever eat. It is, however, as good as you’ll find in the immediate downtown Santa Monica area, and after a day of walking around the pier with your out-of-towner cousins, that’s good enough. The space is nice and relaxing and not as scene-y as you think it’d be.
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Jimmy's Famous American Tavern
Jimmy’s is a sports bar mini-chain with locations in Santa Monica and Woodland Hills.
Lanea in Santa Monica is an OK cocktail bar, but what you’re here for are the Barba Kush tacos.
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Tacos La Guera
Tacos La Guera in South Gate’s Walnut Park is a tiny stand serving excellent brisket tacos.
Guerrilla Tacos used to be a popular taco truck, and now it’s a great Mexican restaurant in the Arts District.
An innovative taco pop-up in Silver Lake, Metztli is making some of the best quesadillas, tostadas, and tacos in LA.
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La Cabaña Restaurant
Mexican restaurant La Cabaña is a Venice landmark with huge burritos and a killer back patio.
Hermanito is a casual Mexican cantina on Sawtelle and a great place to post up after work while traffic dies down.
No. 10 is about what you’d expect from an expensive Italian restaurant on W. 3rd St. So it’s pretty boring.
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