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Oct 6, 2007 06:34 PM

Good (not trendy) Mexican tonite in Silverlake/Los Feliz

Is there any place we can go and get a table without a long wait but the food is above average? Don't care about seeing celebs or who has the best maragarita or hippest vibe. Thank you.

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    1. re: matchu

      Better than that, El Conquistador on Sunset in Silver Lake.

      1. re: Burger Boy

        Love both places. Prefer Mexico City's food. Well, actually, the chips! Haha.

        Why do you prefer Conquis?

        1. re: matchu

          I just ate there for the first time in many years. The service was great and very friendly, drinks very good, food was good and 2 people in our group of 5 always order things with changes. The restaurant was full on a saturday night at 7;00 and we had our food 20 minutes after the drinks hit the table, that included apps. Mexico City aside from their apps has very average to below average food, just better than El Coyote. I guess you agree since the only thing you like is their chips!

          1. re: Burger Boy

            I absolutely agree about the service! Every time I have stepped into El Conquistador I felt at home. It really is a great place.

            1. re: matchu

              Same here. The food is not amazing by any stretch but it's such a fun atmosphere with such friendly service and strong margaritas that it's always a great time.

    2. How about the indoor part of El Siete Mares? I don't know how this compares with the other two places that have been mentioned. It's kind of small, though -- there might be a wait.

      Also, here's a somewhat pricier place next to El Siete Mares called El Parillo -- not sure that's the name, but it translates to something like "the Grill" -- which I think is oriented to Mexican-American families. I've been to El Siete Mares but not to the place next to it.

      Both places are in Silver Lake on Sunset at Descanso.

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      1. re: emmy

        By the way, if you want decent cheap sit-down Mexican food in a hurry -- really, Mexican fast food, but pretty much as good as that gets in a sit-down place -- I recommend the Rodeo Grill on Sunset in Echo Park. They don't have a liquor license, however.

        1. re: emmy

          their shrimp ceviche is ridiculously tasty

        2. re: emmy

          La Parilla is east of El Siete Mares, if you go get the Mocajete (sp). and they had a bacon wrapped shrimp that was really good, rich and high in cholesterol, but good!

        3. Alegria is a good Oaxacan place. The moles are good. Probably not as good as Monte Alban or Guelaguetza, but good nonetheless. It's BYOB.

          1. Sitting outside with a $5 fish burrito with lots of lime at El 7 Mares in Silverlake on Sunset is one of my favorite dining experinces. May be a bit more casual than you want and has already been mentioned. Also try El Chavo near the Vista movie theater in Los Feliz. Not swanky, but nice enough- haven't been there in a while- but it was always an easy go-to for before the movie.

            1. My favorite is Alegria on Sunset, where the daily specials are quite good and fresh. As mentioned - BYOB... There might be a 10 minute wait depending on what time you arrive, as the place is small.

              I would recommend against Mexico City - I've had terrible food every time I've been, and the service hasn't been great either. El Conquistador is a fun vibe, and the fish is pretty good, but I would go there for the drinks, rather than the food.

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              1. re: smonkey

                I agree on Mexico City. In a city with such wonderful and varied Mexican food, I found this place to be entirely forgetable. I cannot even tell you what I ate -- it was plain and forgetable.