What are the best Mexican restaurants in Southern California?

That’s a question that may have popped up every now and then as you mulled your next meal. Well luckily enough, and with Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, the Times’ restaurant critic Jonathan Gold has picked out his top 14, so your weekend craving for tacos, avocados, margaritas and beyond won’t go unheeded.

Check out Gold’s full course here, or if the photos above make you as hungry as they made us, click through some of the choice restaurant’s offerings.

Photos: Mariah Tauger / For the Times, Paul Morse, Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

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