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Looking for a sit down Mexican rest. in East LA???

afs Nov 3, 2007 06:26 PM

Hi all~
I live DT and would really like to know if there's any sit down Mexican rest.'s in East LA?? I've been to all of the classic burrito places and taco stands and they all rock but I can't think of any sit down places other then the place on 1st Garibaldi's(SP?) been there and it was cool but a place with a basic menu, bar and great margs is what I'm really looking for....anyone .....anyone???

Mucho Gracias


  1. slowrider Nov 5, 2007 09:19 AM

    Ana Maria on 1st (not sure on the Marguerita thing here)
    Linda's Mariscos on Olympic (they have a bar and restaurant)

    1. justanotherpenguin Nov 4, 2007 06:29 AM

      as a 40+ years el tepeyac devotee, i find that i always wind up there, regardless of previous plans. i have heard that "Ciro's" which is just south of el tepeyac on evergreen, on the opposite side of the street, has good food and a bar. i have never been, so i don't know if it's full or just beer & wine. there are several threads on chowhound that refer to this place. please report your final outcome - should be interesting.

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      1. re: justanotherpenguin
        carter Nov 4, 2007 08:58 AM

        Ciro's is beer only, while El Tepeyac serves no alcohol.

        1. re: carter
          jdsoda Nov 4, 2007 06:23 PM

          i've been to ciro's --and really like it --it's very "homey"/"mom&pop" kind of place --there isn't a "bar" but as "carter" noted, there is beer. i love the two "salsas" they have --one has fresh chunks of avocado in it and the other has roasted jalepenos --mixing the two together rocks.

      2. Emme Nov 3, 2007 07:24 PM

        have you been to
        la parilla
        teresita's (esp for albondigas)
        el tepeyac
        los antojitos
        el rinconcito del mar

        does mercado la paloma count w/ taqueria vista hermosa and chichen itza count?

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        1. re: Emme
          LaLa Eat Nov 3, 2007 08:23 PM

          I was going to list some of the above but than re read your post about wanting a bar with margarita's...I am pretty sure that La Parrilla (east los location), Tepeyac, Teresita's, Mercado la Paloma do not serve margaritas, but I could stand corrected... Not sure about the other ones on list above. La Parrilla serves "wine" margaritas..So now I would also like a rec for a place to get margaritas in east los angeles! When I want a margarita I go to Villa Sombrero in Highland Park or El Compadre in Echo Park (they serve their's flaming).

          1. re: LaLa Eat
            Servorg Nov 3, 2007 08:30 PM

            Teresitas is wine and beer only.

            1. re: Servorg
              Emme Nov 3, 2007 08:51 PM

              my bad. somehow my brain negated that point... got focused on mexican east sit-down...

              1. re: Emme
                LaLa Eat Nov 3, 2007 09:07 PM

                I did the same thing : )
                Searching some
                La Cabana
                3120 Fairmount St
                Los Angeles, CA 90063
                (not sure if at all related to Venice one....?)
                Serves margaritas....

                1. re: LaLa Eat
                  afs Nov 3, 2007 10:34 PM

                  But el tepayec etc. I've been too, el compadre and highland park locals like sombero and arco iris are great too but the real question is there a place like these in east LA??
                  So then La cabana might work??

                  1. re: afs
                    LaLa Eat Nov 9, 2007 09:46 PM

                    The La Cabana rec was found on line, so I cannot say for sure.
                    I was hoping others would have recs...Anyone?
                    I think the reason there are not many sit down Mexican resturants with margaritas in East LA has to do with the various issues of history, race, economics, culture and politics of the area, coupled with hoops you need to jump to get a liquor license...? And the fact that much of East LA is an unincorporated part of Los Angeles?
                    La Fonda is rumored to be opening their new location at the Eastern building downtown and will be the go to place in your area for what you are looking for, if it happens! see link-

                    1. re: LaLa Eat
                      perejil Nov 10, 2007 06:35 PM

                      I think it might be difficult to find Margaritas because they're not a traditional Mexican drink. They're a Californian (Alta y Baja) thing and therefore restaurants serving regional Mexican cuisine would not include them on the menu. When they are included, it's to appeal to a Californian preference.
                      For a sit down, there's Tamayo on Olympic but I haven't been there in years. I loved El Gallo Grill on Cesar Chavez before it burned down.

                      1. re: perejil
                        LaLa Eat Nov 10, 2007 10:23 PM

                        Tamayo’s!!! I have been racking my brain here (obviously with all my posts on this thread :) ) I had no idea they still existed, ironically I actually grew up (early years) down the street from the Tamayo family!
                        I agree with part of your assessment, i.e. the margarita is geared and appreciated to/by a certain sector. I am not so certain of your statement that the margarita is a Californian alta/ baja invention though…

                        1. re: LaLa Eat
                          perejil Nov 11, 2007 09:54 AM

                          I always heard the margarita was invented in Tijuana but according to wikipedia, the Tijuana origins are debatable. In any case, I like mine on the rocks and made with Jimador. :)

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