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May 24, 2007 02:40 AM

Horchata without the pink syrup in West LA

I became a big fan of horchata after having it at El Taurino in K-Town.
But I live in Westwood and had to find the spot selling good horchata.
So I went to Jaquila and tried one.
But it has pink syrup which is very weird.
I like horchata without that pink stuff.
Does anybody know the place selling horchata without the pink thing?

And anybody tried chilacayote? I heard that it is like watermelon juice.
Where can I find it?

Thank you.

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  1. try to find a vallarts. you can also buy it in some supermarkets that arne't hispanic.

    I liked Sabor A Mexico's horchata, but that's Culver City.

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    1. re: Diana

      That pink syrup is usually "tuna", which is a cactus nectar. It's usually added at the end and you can probably ask for them to hold the tuna.

    2. i can vouch for white horchata at El Sazon Oaxaqueno.
      12131 Washington Pl, Los Angeles, CA
      (310) 391-4721

      the other food there is also quite good.

      1. the BEST horchata i've ever had is at a restaurant called "La Cabanita" in Glendale. It really is wonderful--and so is their food. and it's worth the trek...

        3447 N Verdugo Rd., Glendale, CA, 91208-1520
        Phone: (818) 957-2711

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        1. re: hippodeir

          It IS good -- but it's better than an hour away from the Westside.

        2. Well Benito's (right near Juquila) also has horchata.
          Not the best I've had but they don't add the pink syrup.

          1. As far as I know, the tuna syrup is unique to Oaxacan Mexican restaurants: Juquila, El Sazon, Guelaguetza, etc. At the 95 percent of Mexican restaurants that don't happen to be Oaxacan, you will find the familiar pale beverage.