Ricardo Diaz's Bizarra Capital is housed in an old-school mariscos restaurant off one of Whittier's main thoroughfares. The decor is similar to those Mexican restaurants your parents frequented back when blended margaritas and molten cheese enchiladas were still considered exotic fare. Still, Diaz has managed to assemble an eclectic arsenal of dishes that could easily rival the best Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles.

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