Lunch Table

Babita Mexicuisine: Chicken & Shrimp Elba

We took KCET newsletter subscriber Steve LaDochy to a hidden gem in San Gabriel: Babita Mexicuisine. Babita is Spanish for "little drool," or in this case the mouth watering that will occur as you anticipate Chef Roberto Berrelleza's cooking. Steve, who is Associate Professor of Geography at Cal State LA, certainly found the meal to be quite succulent.

Babita is not what you would expect from a typical Mexican restaurant, hence the chef's use of the term "Mexicuisine." The fare at this establishment is gourmet - not your standard "Mexican joint" fare. The restaurant has been lauded by the likes of Zagat and LA's own, Jonathan Gold. As a matter of fact, Babita was chosen by Mr. Gold for his third annual Gold Standard this past March.

According to Steve, Babita is easy to miss and hard to forget and I concur. The only negative he found was that the lunch prices were more like dinner prices. (Don't worry about our budget: given that it was for 5 de Mayo we decided to give our participant a special treat.)

Keep on Lunching!

Babita Restaurant
1823 South San Gabriel Boulevard
San Gabriel, CA 91776-3929
(626) 288-7265

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