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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.

              2. Alegria is my favorite mexican food in the city. Homeade tasting and special. At times there can be a wait, it depends what night you go.

                Mexico City is more "trendy". The food is okay but I would not go it if you are trying to avoid that vibe.

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                1. re: alnyden

                  I find it interesting that people really dislike the food at Mexico City, granted there is better Mexican in LA, but in the Los Feliz/Silver Lake area it is one of the better ones. I, on the other hand am not a big fan of Alegria, it is a "healthy" take on Mexican food and in my opinion does not taste like any "real" homemade food made by Mexican's. El Conquistador's food is mediocre, but the drink and vibe is good. I think El Chavo’s food is better then El Conquistador’s....

                  1. re: LaLa Eat

                    I think you like mexican american food. The foor at Alegria is from different regions of Mexico, there are many regions and the prepare things very differently in each. Your "real" home-made is more of a mexican american take on it. Have you ever been to Babita, probably some of the best mexican in the city, no rice & beans like El Tepeyac or Ciros, which I love by the way. Enjoy life, eat out more often and try new places.

                    1. re: Burger Boy

                      I am a bit confused by your post. I was answering a question about Silver Lake/Los Feliz, am well aware of the other options out there. You are correct, I do like Mexican American, which Tepeyac and Ciro's would fall into the category of. When I stated "real" homemade Mexican, I failed to mention that my marker is the food I've eaten/eat working in public schools, i.e. mothers who cook up food for parties and staff. These mothers mostly hail from central Mexico, some from north as well. I am quite aware of the fact that there are many regions and different food as I have traveled extensively through Mexico and my father is Mexican. Alegria liberally uses “crème fraiche”. Why not use Mexican crema? I think this fact speaks more to the angle they are trying to take with their food, vs. representing different regions of Mexico, I am sorry the food at Alegria is just not that tasty! Have not been to Babita, and yes I hear it is mighty good, would not go expecting real homemade type food..