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Los Angeles Mexican Food: Top 10 Mexican Restaurants

First Posted: 11/17/10 03:19 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:15 PM ET

Text courtesy of Los Angeles Magazine.

From fish tacos perfected in Duarte to Hollywood's finest chile verde, Patric Kuh's picks for south-of-the-border cuisine

By Patric Kuh

To see the rest of the list and more of the best of Los Angeles, check out Los Angeles Magazine.

10: Guelaguetza
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Guelaguetza
3014 W. Olympic Blvd., Koreatown

There are two other Guelaguetzas, but neither can match the one on Olympic Boulevard. An authentic Oaxacan restaurant located in a former Korean banquet hall makes for a happy jumble. The clayudas, giant tortillas, are irresistible when spread with asiento, a traditional condiment that could pass for whipped lardo. Moles are a specialty. Thick with pounded almonds, olives, and roasted chiles, the almendrado is a tapestry of interwoven elements. Most evenings there is live music, but on Thursdays classic Mexican films are shown. Seeing abuelas and Korean hipsters laugh at the comedian Cantinflas’s pratfalls is to understand Guelaguetza. It’s perfectly L.A.

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