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Serenade Your Taste-buds at La Serenata

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I love Mexican food, and really who doesn’t? I’ve met few people who don’t love the flavors of our neighbors to the South. That being said, not everyone likes the same types of Mexican food. By types I don’t mean Tex-Mex or Oaxacan—I mean that there are several different culinary categories of Mexican food to be found here in our fair city. There’s taco truck Mexican food, which on a good day can be yummy, greasy, cheap and is always strictly “to go.” There’s stand Mexican food like Tito’s Tacos or Cinco de Mayo, which is also inexpensive but provides a table or two to sit down and enjoy your meal if you so choose. Then there’s sit-down restaurants, like El Cholo, or Tia Juana, where they seat you at a table, hand you a menu and a friendly server waits on you; though these places are of a slightly more formal set than the stand or truck, they still serve tasty, classic Mexican treats in a homey, elbows-on-the-table kind of atmosphere. Then, there is the Mexican establishment less considered, the gourmet Mexican restaurant. I used to shutter at the thought of gourmet-Mex, because in my mind it was the antithesis of all that Mexican food should be. But I was wrong-- gourmet Mexican food is totally delicious and definitely has its place in the wide landscape of Mexican cuisine. In LA gourmet Mex can be found at Frida in Beverly Hills, and one of my favorites: La Serenata de Garibaldi in Boyle Heights, West LA and Santa Monica.