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Aug 22, 2007 05:36 PM

Casa Sanchez on Centinela?

Who knows the beta on this restraunt where Magoo's used to be? Is it a sit down place run by the Taqueria/Carniceria people? Or, is it the same as the Casa Sanchez found in Long Beach or the restos and salsas from San Francisco?

It would be strange if it were one of the latter and they were opening directly across from the taqueria sanchez.


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  1. I believe it is part of the Sanchez "empire" in that area. I nice sit down version with the quick taqueria across the street. Haven't been yet (didn't look open when I went by last).

    It should make parking in that area even more fun.

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    1. re: BeachGrub

      They have a decent sized lot on site.

      Recently a friend got a sneak peek and had wonderful things to say about the decor and lay out. I LOVE taqueria sanchez for their shrimp tacos and comfort food like Enchiladas... I can't wait for the restaurant to open...


      1. re: Dommy

        Is this the east side of street or the, from the ground up, building in progress on the west side? Hey Dommy, check out the new place in Los Feliz on Hillhurst 1 block south of Prospect, The Best Fish Tacos in Ensenada, that's the name, Really good fish & shrimp tacos. The Lady won't let you get them to go, wants you to experience them at their best. Although she did give me shrimp one time that had been out of the fryer for who knows how long, I should have called her on it, they where still good. It is a build your own taco place, if they where smart they would start making their own tortillas, that would put them over the top.

        1. re: Burger Boy

          It's on the east side of Centinela, right in between where Short T's into Centinela on the north side (the parking lot is on the Short Ave. side) and Gilmore on the south side.

        2. re: Dommy

          Yes, it is owned by the same people who own Taqueria Sanchez which is kitty-corner to Casa Sanchez. He offered a few of us a tour of the new space a few weeks ago and it is gorgeous. They will have Mariacis on Th/F/Sat/Sun. Nice outside patio with a water fountain and huge booths and tables with hand-tooled stools from Mexico. Be sure to check out the beautiful mural in the bar area of 5 of the most famous Mexican Mariacis. It is great. He said that they had just had a wine tasting earlier that evening. They will serve Yucatecan and Michoacan food along with the usual suspects. I definitely plan on going.

          1. re: WildSwede

            Are they doing homemade tortillas on site at this location? A friend and I were discussing why would anyone go to Paco's when T-Sanchez is right down the street. I have three reasons:
            1. Handmade tortillas (very good)
            2. The pickled carrots, onions, and jalepenos served with the bucket o' chips and good salsa (way better than Sanchez imo)
            3. Margaritas

            I am pretty sure the new casa can handle #2 & #3 but #1 is the real issue for me when I want the sit down mex experience and too few do it.

            (I should also say T-Sanchez wins on a lot of categories like meat, tacos, price, wait, but I put them in slightly different dining slots).

            1. re: BeachGrub

              I'm not sure. I did not ask. Sorry.

            2. re: WildSwede

              "They will have Mariacis on Th/F/Sat/Sun."

              Thanks for the warning! All day, or just at night?

              1. re: Will Owen

                We got there at 8:30 and they didn't come on until 10 (I think) The room at that time was 1/3 full so they sounded louder then if it were a full house. I'm not sure if they had an earlier set.

                Take Care

                - P.

                1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                  I was there at about 7 and they were playing in full swing. They took a break about 8. The taqueria across the street is so good that I had high expectations. However, I agree with the comments from Dommy and porkiepiggy, below, about the food. Sad because, as Dommy noted, there is a need for something like this in the area. At the recommendation of the server, I had the fried shrimp with chipotle sauce (more of a creamy tartar) which were just okay and then the steak fajitas; again, just okay--and did not come out sizzling. Oddly, I did not get any salsa, rice or beans with the fajitas (not sure if they forgot or do not serve them with the fajitas the way other places do). I had debated the pork ribs but was dissuaded by the server.

        3. What is it they are building on the corner?

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          1. re: Burger Boy

            I think you are referring to the building across the street from Casa Sanchez. I was told that building will be commercial space with an apartment on top. The street is definitely going through some changes.

          2. Does anyone know when they are set to open?

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            1. re: SarahM

              Sept 16 is the word, at least when I asked earlier this week.

            2. The restaurant is fantastic! I went to the grand opening last night and had a great time. When you walk into the doors, it feels like you are entering another world. In fact, they have an outdoor patio area that makes you feel like you are in vacation in Cabo. The decor is beautiful and the staff is very attentive. Our server was Bertha. We sampled various dishes and our favorites were the braised pork shank, rib eye steak and sole in cilantro sauce. They have a cocktail lounge and live mariachi performers. I was told that they will be performing on Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun evenings. This restaurant will definitely bring life to this forgotten area of the Westside. Their number is 310-397-9999

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              1. re: proxybox

                Res tonight. (Hurrah, they're open on Monday!)

                  1. re: proxybox

                    thanks for the review! do you know what the price range is for dinner? thanks!

                    1. re: proxybox

                      Maybe forgotten by some, but better for those who never did forget it... Angel Maid and Taqueria Sanchez across the street from each other... Sakura for so-so Japanese...

                    2. and do they have pickled carrots?!