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Malverde or La Huasteca at Plaza Mexico, which one for dinner?

I'll probably go to one or the other this weekend. Any particular recommendations between the two?

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  1. selfishly i'd say malverde since i've never been and would love to know how it is. i've been to la huasteca and its pretty gosh darned tasty. i loved the filet with huitlacoche. theres another la huasteca in pasadena if this is any consideration.

    1. Pasadena is closer to me - Silverlake - but part of the idea is to go take a look at Plaza Mexico, so we're off to one or the other there. I have had some truly splendid meals over the years at Topolabampo - where Malverde's chef used to work - so unless I hear much to discourage me, that's probably going to be the one.

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      1. re: estone888

        I wouldn't discourage you from trying out Malverde. I went in early April. We thought about getting the tasting menu, but didn't get a really good description of it or at least not enticing enough. Instead I think we ordered just about every starter & a couple mains (there were four of us) and they were all quite good. I especially remember the mushrooms as being delicious.

        If atmosphere is a consideration, I'd go for La Huasteca. It seemed livelier and more fun when we went (and I enjoyed the food a lot). Malverde had a more formal atmosphere, a bit stuffy. It was almost empty - more servers than customers - which could account for some of the atmosphere deficit. But that was early in the week - I seriously hope that's changed and things have picked up for them. The service was mixed, our waiter was not very well informed about the menu and sometimes hard to flag down (surprising since it was so empty!).

        Having been to both I would sooner go back to La Huasteca, but I think the food was good at Malverde as well. I hope you report back about your visit wherever you end up!

      2. i've eaten at both of them a couple of times and enjoyed both. to me they are pretty different restaurants. huasteca is very folklorico ... mariachi bands and really nice versions of mexican classics. malverde is more experimental, like a modern american restaurant. if this comparison helps, think of huasteca as frontera grill and malverde as topolobampo.

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        1. re: FED

          That helps a lot. Thanks. With the group I'm going with, it sounds like Malverde is the ticket.

          1. re: estone888

            I don't know anything about these restaurants, can you fill me in -- location. recs. etc.

            1. re: Silverlaker

              They are both Mexican "gourmet" restaurants in the Plaza Mexico which is right around the intersection of Long Beach Blvd. and the 105 Fwy. (Just a little east of the interchange between the 110 (Harbor Fwy) and the 105. I have heard Plaza Mexico described as a sort of "Mexican version of The Grove." I haven't been there yet myself, but am planning an excursion this weekend to check it out. The restaurant Malverde is run by a chef who used to be a high ranking chef at Topolobampo in Chicago, one of the truly great Mexican gourmet restaurants on the planet. I'll post a review after I've been.

              1. re: estone888

                Plaza Mexico is actually in Lynwood, on Imperial Highway. Exit on LB Boulevard from the 105, go north, and turn left on Imperial. Or you can go west on Imperial from the 710.

                I'm glad to hear the positive reviews of Malverde because I have only negative ones in mind from around the time it opened. Maybe they've gotten into their groove. I'll have to try it.

                http://www.malverderestaurant.com/ind... (website is obviously unfinished---turn your speakers down

                )

                I also like La Huasteca for a different kind of buffet Sunday brunch. Some of the selections are predictable, but there are enough Mexican dishes to keep me happy. The mariachis show up around 1:00.

                http://www.lahuasteca.com/

        2. I HAVE BEEN TO BOTH RESTAURANT, LA HUASTECAS FOOD WAS NOTHING COMPARE TO MALVERDES FOOD. AT LA HUASTECA, I TIRED THE PORK AND I DISLIKED IT. ON THE OTHER HAND, MALVERDES FOOD IS FRESHLY MADE. I ATE THERE EVERYDAY. THE EX CHEF [gino] WHO OWNS THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN THE WORLD WAS IN FACT IN CHARGE OF THE MENU. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND MALVERDE RESTAURANT. NOT ONLY FOR THERE GREAT LOCATIONS, GREAT FOOD, BUT ALSO FOR THERE GREAT CUSTOMERS SERVICE.

          MONKEI

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          1. re: monkei

            Didn't Malverde close quite some time ago?

            1. re: sel

              Geno Bahena (a Topolobampo alumnus) is indeed back in Chicago giving Bayless some competition at his newest restaurant Tepatulco