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Julefish Dec 14, 2006 07:03 PM

friends are suggesting el cayote for dinner. it's fun - but not that delicious - any ideas for tonight?

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    djquinnc Jan 10, 2007 02:56 AM

    Marix is flat out nasty. Taxco is fun and it is what it is and I will always go back for kicks. I would take a drive a down to Melrose and Cahuenga to Tere's and get some real fresh, tasty comida. I have yet to have a bad meal there yet. Very, very informal, but muy, muy bien. It's not really WeHo (just the Ho), but it's only a three minute drive from Marix or Taxco, truth be told.

    1. Epicure Dec 16, 2006 09:29 PM

      Regarding Marix, I'll agree that the food isn't bad...but only if you're already wasted--nearing black-out--from the margaritas. I didn't even think anyone actually went there for the food. If you like that sort of people watching, then DO fill up on the chips and salsa fresca, which are perfectly okay, and make sure you're plastered by the time the main course arrives.

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        exploringthecity Dec 17, 2006 02:03 AM

        Ha. I totally agree. I've been there a handful of times (obviously against my will) and the only time the food has been anything above sub-par was when I was tanked, off the average-tasting margaritas. Still looking for something decent in this area...

        1. re: exploringthecity
          Epicure Dec 17, 2006 08:10 AM

          Exploringthecity, thanks for emphasizing that the margaritas are "average-tasting." The last time I was there (after a five year hiatus), I felt like a frat boy (though I have been neither in a fraternity nor a boy) swigging my preposterously overpriced pitcher (no need to dissemble) in preparation for a simple dish--shrimp fajitas--that should be in that hard-to-screw-up category. With each big swig I kept hoping my fajitas would taste better. The impossible dream.
          P.S. The area is hopeless, but I admire the ambition of your search.

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        Micako Dec 15, 2006 07:55 AM

        Def would not recommend El Coyote for food, nor El Compadre. Both joints have not so awesome food. Marix has excellent chips and the food isn't bad. They are just off of Santa Monica Blvd next to Basix Cafe.

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          jnc Dec 15, 2006 06:24 AM

          ooooh, el coyote, AKA 'the dawg.'

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            chowmominLA Dec 15, 2006 05:43 AM

            I like the place across the street from the Guitar Center.

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              pjsace Dec 15, 2006 06:50 AM

              El Compadre is a fun place, however, other than the chips and salsa and a few dishes the food is just average. Still good atmosphere and drinks, thus I'll go there every now and then. I'll simply order carefully.

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              kotter Dec 14, 2006 09:52 PM

              Gardens of Taxco is quite an experience. It's on the corner of harper and santa monica.

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                Mr Taster Dec 14, 2006 09:53 PM

                Can you describe said "experience"?

                Mr Taster

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                  Julefish Dec 14, 2006 10:30 PM

                  I've been to Gardens - it's a mexian place with a "tasting menu" it's about $30 for tons of courses. it's not fine food, but it's fun, old, dark, and friendly in there. i think they've had the same host for 50 years and he gives you the same intro speech every time. It's great for a big group, b/c everybody ends up paying the same

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                    monkuboy Dec 16, 2006 11:10 PM

                    I haven't been there in ages, but dinner is about $30 these days? That sounds expensive, if they have the same menu as before.

                  2. re: Mr Taster
                    cls Dec 14, 2006 10:58 PM

                    Es spiiiiiiceeey, no es hotttttttt. You'll see what I mean if you go.

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                      kotter Dec 15, 2006 04:51 PM

                      zee chiiicken is borrrn in de sauce

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                        cls Dec 16, 2006 02:58 PM

                        LOL, one word.

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                      carter Dec 16, 2006 05:30 PM

                      The experience if you have never been, might be enjoyable the first time, yet on succeeding visits, it rivals the food for uninteresting and unnecessary.
                      ps - On Harper just north of Santa Monica on west side of the street.

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                      Newkie Dec 14, 2006 08:41 PM

                      Marix is my fav. While the food isn't as good as the stuff you find in east LA, it's much, much better than El Coyote. It's also very reasonably priced, has tasty chips and salsa and some of the best margs in town (strong AND tasty). And it's always a lot of fun. The only caveat is it's really popular so the wait can be kind of long, so try to call ahead or get there early.

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                        Julefish Dec 14, 2006 10:27 PM

                        is that the exact name - i can't find it on city search - I may have seen it, is it on Santa Monica Blvd?

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                          JBC Dec 14, 2006 10:36 PM

                          It's name is "Marix Tex Mex Cafe"

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