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your favorite americanized mexican resturant?

AdamFoodie Sep 4, 2007 07:46 PM

I was just curious to hear what everyones fave americanized mexican resturant is? mine is el cholo and marix

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  1. jword2001 RE: AdamFoodie Sep 4, 2007 07:48 PM

    Fast food, Taco Bueno,oh and the old Taco Box in Roswell,New Mexico, awesome burritos,salsa, and tacos

    1. ipsedixit RE: AdamFoodie Sep 4, 2007 08:29 PM



      Barragan's Mexican Restaurant
      1538 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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        monku RE: ipsedixit Sep 4, 2007 09:11 PM

        Don't forget Barragans $1 taco night...Mondays after 4pm. Chicken or ground beef.

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          Kris P Pata RE: monku Sep 5, 2007 05:38 PM

          Concur on Monday's @ BARRAGAN'S but, opt for the far more flavorful chicken (add the guac) than the flavorless beef and potato. Similarly, SUPER MEX in Belmont Shore and Lakewood and ARTURO'S in Harbor City/Lomita are as old school as they come and, as the multiple extensions of their restaurants can attest, have fed generations on their gringo-ized, SoCal-exican offerings. For burritos, the discussion begins and ends with RAMONA'S but be advised: It's almost exclusively take-out.

          16300 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90504

          25720 Western Ave, Harbor City, CA 90710

          Super Mex
          5254 Faculty Ave, Lakewood, CA 90712

          Super Mex
          4711 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803

      2. timsmom RE: AdamFoodie Sep 4, 2007 08:36 PM

        If you are re: southern California, have to go with El Cholo esp. the original one on Western Ave. The fluffy omelette style chile relleno with refried beans and fideo have held me a captive audience since my early years.

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          Woolsey RE: timsmom Sep 5, 2007 02:16 PM

          I second El Cholo, because it reminds me most of my beloved Tex-Mex without being cookie-cutter chain restaurant or just downright disgusting à la El Coyote. (The dead giveaway to its Tex-Mex inclinations: the pecan pralines at the end.)

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            Emme RE: timsmom Sep 5, 2007 05:58 PM

            El Cholo on Western for Green Corn Tamales when in season.

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              jeanmarieok RE: Emme Sep 7, 2007 09:45 AM

              the Green Corn Tamales are to die for! I eat at El Cholo every time I'm in LA, and I've never been disappointed!!!

          2. monku RE: AdamFoodie Sep 4, 2007 09:12 PM

            El Tepeyac (California Mexican)
            812 N Evergreen Ave
            Los Angeles, CA 90033

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              Skunk2Racer RE: monku Sep 5, 2007 02:20 PM

              Barragans is Great! Especially the Margaritas....... And Who can forget El tepeyac? Give me a Manuels special to go but an order of taquitos for here. Plus free taquilla or brandy shots with Manny!

            2. hrhboo RE: AdamFoodie Sep 5, 2007 04:01 PM

              Paco's on Centinela near Washington.

              1. PaulF RE: AdamFoodie Sep 5, 2007 04:30 PM


                I like both locations, though I can't put my finger on why.

                Sometimes I even order a club sandwich, which is about as americanized as you get, huh?

                I think that at the end of the day the food is fresh and tasty enough. Their margs are good enough. They are generous with the chips and salsa.

                I actually ate at the WEHO location yesterday. Tuesedays are all you can eat taco day.

                I had three: beef, chicken and pork, all hard shell. They also have a veggie and any can be made with a soft shell.

                It's 7.95 for all you can eat tacos. You start with three and go from there. They come with beans and rice. Three was all I could eat, though I thought about having a veggie just to round out the order.

                I don't think Marix is better than some of the more traditional places I like, but in this category, it's my favorite.

                1. mollyomormon RE: AdamFoodie Sep 5, 2007 04:41 PM

                  I have a special place in my heart for Gilbert's El Indio, but I think less because of the food (although, I love the chile relleno burrito), but more because it's such a fun spot. Seems like almost everyone there has been going for years.

                  1. Servorg RE: AdamFoodie Sep 5, 2007 05:05 PM

                    Don Antonios in West LA

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                      Skunk2Racer RE: Servorg Sep 5, 2007 05:11 PM

                      The Talpa next door is Great also. I like the carne asada plate and the 2 shrimp enchiladas. Oh and the Hot Brown Salsa...

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                      writergirl RE: AdamFoodie Sep 5, 2007 06:39 PM

                      El Cholo, La Cabana, and I don't care what you people say...Titos! Really, I think of it as Southern Californian food...it's about as Mexican as Jack in the Box's ciabatta sandwiches are Italian.

                      La Cabana Restaurant
                      738 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291

                      Tito's Tacos
                      11222 Washington Pl, Culver City, CA 90230

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                        mattesq RE: writergirl Sep 5, 2007 10:05 PM

                        I am on board for Tito's - and if we are talking fast food tacos then I nominate
                        Henry's Tacos
                        11401 Moorpark St,
                        North Hollywood, CA - all hail the Taco Burger

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                          thegingerbreadgirl RE: mattesq Sep 7, 2007 09:43 AM

                          I drive by Henry's every day and have been wanting to try - do you know if they have veggie options?

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                            mattesq RE: thegingerbreadgirl Sep 7, 2007 11:04 AM

                            They do have bean and cheese burritos, cup o' beans and cup o' rice. I am not sure whether the beans are vegie, i.e. lard free, I tend to think not, but that is just a guess.

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                          Emme RE: writergirl Sep 6, 2007 12:58 AM

                          La Cabana does do great margaritas and nachos.

                        3. la vida dulce RE: AdamFoodie Sep 5, 2007 06:42 PM

                          Paco's Tacos
                          Atlantic Square in Monterey Park
                          daily specials like $1 taco night

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                            hungry_hippo RE: AdamFoodie Sep 6, 2007 01:03 AM


                            1. Will Owen RE: AdamFoodie Sep 6, 2007 10:42 AM

                              El Cholo, Barragan's, and Ernie's Jr., not necessarily in that order. El Coyote, if what we want is a loud party - it's the Buca di Beppo of Mexican restaurants. There's also one in Long Beach whose name I do not remember - Sadler's or something like that - though it seemed to be on its last legs when we visited a couple of years ago.

                              1. PaulF RE: AdamFoodie Sep 6, 2007 11:43 AM

                                I forgot to add Gilbert's El Indio.

                                I"ve been eating there forever (and will be tomorrow, too).

                                Disclaimer: I"m friends with the family that owns the place -- all our kids play ball together.

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                                  mollyomormon RE: PaulF Sep 6, 2007 03:01 PM

                                  Ha! I'm there many Friday nights for dinner too!

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                                  curiousgeo RE: AdamFoodie Sep 6, 2007 11:48 AM

                                  Another vote for El Cholo, despite what is sometimes said about it on the LA board.

                                  1. CEfromLA RE: AdamFoodie Sep 6, 2007 02:56 PM

                                    I'm a big fan of Sierra's on Canoga and Vanowen in Canoga Park.

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                                      PaulF RE: CEfromLA Sep 6, 2007 02:58 PM

                                      The one in San Fernando was my favorite all time restaurant when I was a kid ... but I haven't been there in years and I worry that going there now will only ruin the memory.

                                    2. Skunk2Racer RE: AdamFoodie Sep 6, 2007 02:58 PM

                                      Taco Bell........Just Kidding!

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                                        broncosaurus RE: Skunk2Racer Sep 7, 2007 05:58 AM

                                        I actually like some of the offerings at El Compadre on Sunset, though the place seems to have taken a downturn foodwise the last few years or so. Their albondigas soup, for example, I'll have over the one at El Indio (much praised around here) anytime. And I think their table salsa is excellent, the best around. Does anybody know if they make their own, or if not what the brand is? On the other hand they do seem to have become a bit starstruck, and it has affected the food quality I think. From pretty good amerimex to meh "you-ll eat this gringo 'cause you're high on our flamming margaritas" might be a money maker strategy-wise, but a few more bland trips and I'll be outa there.

                                      2. thegingerbreadgirl RE: AdamFoodie Sep 7, 2007 09:45 AM

                                        Does Wahoo's fish taco count? Both the vibe and food there is better than the other equivalent fast-food-ish places like Chipotle or Baja Fresh. They often have a surf and sand special which is one shrimp enchilada with a mushroom taco. Very filling and affordable!

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