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Mexican in/near West Hollywood (with tot)

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We are currently living in Calgary, Alberta, where there is NO good Mexican food, not a whit, and we are going to be in West Hollywood one night (a Sunday)--with our 19-month-old--and can think of nothing we'd like more than to indulge in a good Mexican meal. Where would you recommend?

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  1. Will you have a car?

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    1. re: Servorg

      Yes--we'll have a car.

      1. re: javelina

        My number one choice for you, Tere's Mexican Grill is unfortunately closed on Sunday's. If you don't mind coming west towards the beach then Lares on Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica would be a good selection. It won't be a bad drive on a Sunday.

        www.laresrestaurant.com

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        Lares Restaurant
        2909 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

        1. re: Servorg

          uggh, Lares is awful. Try Gardens of Taxco in West Hollywood (I think near Sweetzer and Santa Monica Blvd.). The food at Taxco is not spectacular but it's a memorable experience and a tot would be fine.

          1. re: kotter

            After 20 years of dining there I admit there have been a few misses. But by and large they have almost always produced excellent food. YMMV

          2. re: Servorg

            Tere's has great soup.

            If you'll drive just a bit, Guelaguetza is my pick.

      2. If you don't feel like driving out to Santa Monica, Loteria Grill in the Farmer's Market at Third and Fairfax is close to West Hollywood and serves some nice modern-style Mexican food. Farmer's Market is an open marketplace that is very casual with lots of kids running around as well as a trolley that goes to the Grove that your baby might like. They have some good Mexican fruit drinks or you can get beer at the stand behind Loteria.

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        1. re: Chowpatty

          Agree. If you're going to be in town for one day and are looking for a nice day to fill an afternoon with sunshine, the Farmer's Market is great all around rec.

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          Loteria Grill
          6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

          1. re: SauceSupreme

            Farmer's Market is worth seeing for any tourist.

        2. Thanks for all the recs--if we get in early we'll try to hit the farmer's market. If we don't and if we're willing to drive a bit (but not, say, to East L.A.) are there any other restaurants a little further afield you'd recommend?

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          1. re: javelina

            The Acapulco chain is probably the most reliable of the taco-enchilada-tamale-plate school of inauthentic but traditional Mexican restaurants, definitely kid-friendly. There's also a branch on Sunset east of La Brea, near Hollywood High School.

            1. re: maxzook

              The Acapulco on Sunset is closed. There is one on La Cienega (maybe north of Melrose).

            2. re: javelina

              oops ... restaurants listed below

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              Acapulco Mexican Restaurant Y Cantina
              385 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

              Acapulco Mexican Restaurant
              4444 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

            3. acapulco is pretty awful and while my suggestion may produce a few guffaws from this thread i'll offer it up anyway: Marix Tex-Mex at 1108 N Flores St, just north of Santa Monica Blvd...it's mostly an open patio with a closeable roof...fajitas started this place off in the mid 80s and it's been going strong ever since.

              1. gardens of taxco is right in west hollywood and it's fine to have a tot there. it's a fun experience.