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good mexican and fun - westside?

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lookin for good fun mexican in town tonight - not into el cholo but something along those lines... and not something that will put us in the bathroom a few hours later!

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  1. There's Border Grill and La Serenada Garibaldi (I may have the name wrong) on 4th in Santa Monica. There's also Marix at the bottom of SM canyon.

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    1. re: whatsfordinner

      wow - marix... havent been there in ages. is it still decent?

      1. re: whatsfordinner

        it's la serenata de garibaldi...you were pretty close :)

        oh, and the food is excellent!

      2. Monte Alban on Santa Monica is great Oaxacan, and a great deal. I also like Border Grill a lot, but it's more pricey - and you make sure you make a reservation there. Haven't been yet, but I hear that Don Antonio's on Pico is pretty good too - and certainly an interesting atmosphere.
        It's not "fun", unless you're 50+ maybe, but my favorite Mexican on the westside is Tlapazola Grill on Gateway.

        1. Paco's Tacos on Centinela/Washington. Baja Cantina is fun but the food isn't anything to get excited about.

          1. Lares on Pico used to be high on my list, but since they reopened after the fire over a year ago, the food has been inconsistent. Still, it's worth a shot. When they're on, their carnitas are some of the best I've had, as is their chile verde burrito.

            You could also try Casa Escobar on Wilshire near 26th street - it's usually pretty hoppin' on the weekends with a younger crowd. Food is OK, but very potent margaritas. Good crunchy tacos, tostadas, and a very respectable Chile Colorado burrito. Stay away from the tamales, as they are bone dry.

            My recent fave is The Talpa on Pico w. of Barrington. Great food across the board. Not much ambience, but I go for the food, not the digs. Nice spicy table salsa and thick crunchy chips.

            Moose

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            1. re: Moose

              Talpa is my favorite (not fun though, bright lights and beer/wine only), Don Antonios next door is also great, Lares is great, Gilberts is always fun, and La Serenata is the most upscale, but always fantastic. Border Grill is the most fun of them all, but LOUD