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Best Enchiladas in LA

sn14 Nov 6, 2007 11:29 PM

For enchiladas suiza I have enjoyed Frida in Beverly Hills, La Serenata in Santa Monica and Casablanca on Rose and Lincoln. Does anyone do it better?

What about for good ol' enchiladas in some red sauce?

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    Ernie RE: sn14 Nov 7, 2007 06:07 AM

    The chicken enchiladas with roasted poblano cream sauce at Cozy Cactus in San Gabriel are my favorite suiza style

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      David Kahn RE: Ernie Nov 7, 2007 10:26 AM

      They are delicious.

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        Neta RE: Ernie Nov 7, 2007 12:59 PM

        Is this restaurant next to Trander Joe's on Rosemead and Huntington Drive?

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          Ernie RE: Neta Nov 7, 2007 01:24 PM

          Yes, that's the place. They have some great salsas there too.

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            snooze button RE: Ernie Nov 8, 2007 08:19 AM

            Enchilada Alert: I craved those enchiladas suizas yesterday and headed over to Cozy Cactus at approximately 5 pm. They have closed it down in order to open up some organic-type restaurant. Disappointment set in, but I read about good salads at Green Street restaurant and had one there, alongside their potato chips appetizer with blue cheese dipping sauce. I highly recommend it although it's not quite so healthy.

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              katkoupai RE: snooze button Nov 8, 2007 03:59 PM

              I was looking forward to trying Cozy Cactus. It's too bad that it is closed. :(

              I recently tried the spinach and field greens salad at Green Street Restaurant in Pasadena. It was so good that I have been craving it ever since. The zucchini bread was pretty good, too.

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                snooze button RE: katkoupai Nov 8, 2007 04:11 PM

                That's the same one I ordered last night. I liked it too. The zucchini bread... yeah I warmed it up for breakfast and I dunked it in cold milk.

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              Neta RE: Ernie Nov 8, 2007 08:32 PM

              Sorry I didn't get to try Cozy Cactus before it closed but we went to Beto's again tonight and we ordered the enchilada suizas and we loved them. Full of a very tasty chicken covered with chile verde and topped with sour cream. Their guacamole made table side was also delicious. Love their chips and salsa too. On Thursday, at 7:00, they have 3 female mariachis that are fabulous. They go table to table taking requests at the expense of the restaurant. It is very small and gets very busy. Service is excellent. Best dish in the house is the filete empanizado (breaded sea bass). This filete covers the plate is lightly breaded and cooked to perfection. They serve it with a fresh vegetable medley (and the vegetables are cooked, not raw) and a small serving of sopa de arroz. Soup or salad also included. Great deal!

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                Neta RE: Neta Nov 8, 2007 08:35 PM

                Whoops, in case you're interested, Beto's is located on Las Tunas just west of San Gabriel Blvd. on the south side of the street next to KFC.

        2. a_and_w RE: sn14 Nov 7, 2007 07:43 AM

          Try the tacos enchiladas with red mole (their coloradito) at Monte Alban.

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              ickster RE: sn14 Nov 7, 2007 08:04 AM

              Here are a few places I have enjoyed enchiladas at:

              Mi India Bonita Cafe- this place is known for traditional mexican soups like albondigas and the like, but straightforward cheese enchiladas are good. They make their own red chile sauce.

              Tacos Delta-a little family run shop on Sunset in Silverlake. Tables in back. Made to order-extra sauce or cheese-and served piping hot. Not fancy at all, but good cheap meal.

              Along the same lines as Ernie's posting, Guelaguetza makes enmoladas-tortillas covered in their black mole sauce, stuffed with oaxacan cheese.

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                sn14 RE: sn14 Nov 7, 2007 01:31 PM

                Thanks guys. Any disputes on my choices for enchiladas in green sauce?

                1. Dommy RE: sn14 Nov 7, 2007 02:39 PM

                  In red sauce my FAVORITE is at Taqueria Sanchez on Centinela. Heavenly. For Mole my absolute favorite is in Tamayos of ELA! :D


                  1. TIRGL RE: sn14 Nov 7, 2007 05:10 PM

                    I just had the enchiladas de mole at los arcos in Highland Park. It was a very nutty and complex mole, which is how it should be. It was a very clean dish and I didn't feel too guilty afterwards. I was used to the mole at Ciro's on Evergreen, in which there is a great deal of fat (I think that is why it is so good).

                    1. ElJeffe RE: sn14 Nov 7, 2007 06:45 PM

                      Don Antonio's on Pico in Santa Monica

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                        droyal RE: sn14 Nov 7, 2007 09:18 PM

                        For take out, particularly in quantity for parties (price is below $1, for a cheese enchilada), Sandra and Lolita's, on Whittier Blvd (accross from Tacos Baja Ensenada).

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                          Sandra W RE: sn14 Nov 9, 2007 07:43 AM

                          Try Avila's El Ranchito in Huntington Park. Some of the best Mexican food I've had. Their chicken soup is a must. I believe there are other branches in O.C., but I'm not sure they are as good.

                          1. DiveFan RE: sn14 Nov 10, 2007 12:05 AM

                            Mess 'o links!

                            Monte Alban
                            11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                            Taqueria Sanchez
                            4541 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

                            Don Antonio's
                            11755 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                            705 N Evergreen Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90033

                            11127 Palms Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

                            La Serenata
                            1416 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                            Mi India Bonita
                            4731 E Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022

                            3826 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90063

                            Sandra's & Lolita's Tamales
                            5390 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022

                            5300 E Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                            220 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

                            236 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

                            Taco Delta
                            3806 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

                            Avila's El Ranchito
                            6703 Santa Fe Ave, Huntington Park, CA 90255

                            Beto's Grill
                            510 E Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

                            1. russkar RE: sn14 Nov 10, 2007 06:28 AM

                              Las Trancas
                              5351 Atlantic Blvd.,Maywood, Ca. 90270

                              1. Emme RE: sn14 Nov 10, 2007 05:48 PM

                                PUEBLO VIEJO on Melrose

                                TLAPAZOLA GRILL for lobster enchiladas

                                DON ANTONIO's

                                TAQUERIA SANCHEZ

                                LA SERRENATA DI GARABALDI for shrimp enchiladas

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                                  kevin RE: Emme Nov 10, 2007 10:42 PM

                                  supposedly The Ivy on roberston makes some great chicken enchiladas (it's kinda of a secret dish on the very pedestrian menu).

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                                    wutzizname RE: Emme Nov 10, 2007 11:27 PM

                                    I second Pueblo Viejo. Best in the Hollywood area.

                                    Also like Loteria's Mole.

                                  2. SilverlakeGirl RE: sn14 Nov 11, 2007 01:03 AM

                                    La Cabanita's Mole Enchiladas and, believe it or not,

                                    Mexico City's Enchiladas Michoacans [without chicken which is more authenitic].

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                                      CinnamonKitten RE: SilverlakeGirl Nov 11, 2007 06:48 AM

                                      not only is the mole sauce at La Cabinita excellent but the chicken itself is melt in your mouth tender.

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