What looks from the outside like a strip-mall fast-food joint is in fact a cheerful, cozy sit-down restaurant that’s packed with families every night, and for good reason. What meatloaf and mashed potatoes are to Midwesterners, enchiladas and guacamole are to Californians, and this place makes first-rate enchiladas and guacamole. (Try the enchiladas suizas, stuffed with chicken and vegetables and topped with a subtle green chile sauce.) Also delicious are the fajitas, which seemingly half the place orders every night; the carne asada and carnitas; the Caesar salad; and the various camarones (shrimp) dishes. Generous, reasonably priced margaritas.
464 Foothill Blvd., La Canada, 818.790.2696, losgringoslocos.com, Mexican. L Mon.-Fri., D nightly. Full bar. MC, V. $