The refreshingly short menu of this wildly popular spot presents an authentic take on California-Mexican food, including burritos, tacos, and quesadillas with a choice of four fillings, of which the carne asada (grilled steak) is superb.
This miniature maze remains a grocery store, with a taco stand in front and some rickety seating in the rear. Check the chalkboard for daily specials, which recently included a nice tuck-in of albondigas, each with a boiled egg at its center.
Meaning “Thatched Hut,” La Palapa is one of the neighborhood’s oldest Mexican restaurants. The menu concentrates on regional fare from the cochinita pibil of the Gulf, to Oaxaca’s mole negro, to West Coast seafood presentations.
Morphing from an Italian bakery to a Mexican bakery and finally to a taqueria, this venerable bare-bones institution produces some of the most wallet-friendly eats in the EV. My favorite is the chicken enchiladas with the chile guajillio sauce.