There is nothing ordinary about the food at Monte Alban, especially compared to the generic boring over greased Mexican restaurants that Southern California is filled with. All tortillas and other griddled corn cakes like the memellas or clayudas are delicious, fresh and surprisingly light cooked with seemingly less grease and lard than most places. The mole dishes are simple, chicken breast in sauce serviced with rice, but interesting and complex due to the levels of flavors in the incredible sauces. You won't find the common rolled enchiladas filled with jack cheese, or crispy shelled deep fried tacos. Here instead enchiladas are the authentic version of corn tortillas folded into incredible mole sauces with meat and cheese (good fresh delicious queso fresco) strewn accross the top. Tacos resemble more a long skinny open ended burrito with delicious tender meat fillings and flavorful salsas. What's more, you can fill up at this place splitting an appitizer, ordering one entree per person and maybe even having a soft drink for in the neighborhood of $10 a person.
Pros: Great authentic mexican food, change from most places around, CHEAP!
Cons: unappealing strip mall setting, but that adds to the character in some ways, at times slow (though other times quite fast) for food to come