Don’t go looking for Tacos in Bell: at La Casita Mexicana, mole rules. After driving East for more than an hour (channeling your inner Jonathan Gold), order a margarita pitcher and start counting the piñatas above you. A plate of tortillas and mole immediately lands on the table, and it is time to start the festivities: guacamole, chicken enchiladas, chile en nogada, fish with zucchini flowers and tres moles. Say what, need subtitles for ‘chile en nogada’? Considered the Mexican national dish because of its colors, it is a large poblano chili stuffed with meat, dried fruits and cactus, then covered with pecan sauce and pomegranate seeds. You have to see it to believe it! And order another pitcher — la Casita Mexicana is best enjoyed tipsy, with a large group of friends

Address: 4030 Gage Ave, Bell, CA 90201

Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 9AM-10PM

Menu: casitamex.com

Reservations: (323) 773-1898

 

Style: Mexican

Price: Entrées $11-17

Neighborhood: Bell / Downtown

Best for: Dinner