La Casita Mexicana and Jitlada are two of the best restaurants in Los Angeles. Although Mexico and Thailand are very different geographically and culturally, the two restaurants have a lot of similarities.
First, authenticity is what sets them apart from the thousands of other Mexican and Thai restaurants in LA. Both get ingredients from their home countries and use those ingredients in recipes brought from their home countries.
Second, the flavors are so bold, unique and complimentary they cause addiction. The human body craves them shortly after consumption, causing the brain to think about them until the next visit. It has a lot to do with the balance of salty and sweet. Every time I find myself craving a dish it tends to have salty and sweet fighting a heavyweight battle for ownership of my tastebuds.
Third (and probably most important), the proprietors (Jaime Martin Del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu at La Casita Mexicana and Jazz Singsanong at Jitlada) are caring, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and passionate people, intent on delivering the best possible meal day in and day out.
After trying at least 50 different dishes between the two restaurants I can fairly say that they are two of the best restaurants in LA. The Churros filled with Cajeta (Dulce de Leche) from La Casita Mexicana are worth the trip:
The Deep-Fried Softshell Crab with Sweet Mango Salad at Jitlada hurts so good:
I implore you to visit both before summer, especially La Casita Mexicana as it’s a bit further off the beaten path. You can’t get authentic cooking like this everywhere, so take advantage of what LA has to offer.
5233 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
La Casita Mexicana
4030 East Gage Ave
Bell, CA 90201 (about 5 miles southeast of downtown LA)