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Dec 8, 2007 07:37 PM

Heresy: Where to find Tex-Mex on Westside?

Some family will be visiting for the Holidays. We will certainly take them to all of our Chow favorites.

But these folks are East Coasters and they like their Tex-Mex -- more margaritas than Mexican. There is *no* way I'm taking them to El Cholo, the only Tex/Cal-Mex place that I can think of on the West-Side. My first and last experience there reminded me of bad high school food.

Any recommendations for acceptable Tex/Cal-Mex food on the Westside. I have Kay&Dave's on Pico on my list.


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  1. Marix Tex Mex Cafe. Two locations: West Hollywood & Santa Monica.

    4 Replies
    1. re: fdb

      Would Gilbert's El Indio be appropriate?

      Gilbert's El Indio
      2526 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

      1. re: mlgb

        I love gilbert's but wouldn't really call it tex mex. Marix isn't totally either, but a much closer approximation. And both are far superior to Kay an Dave's, I think.

        1. re: mollyomormon

          I don't even know what Tex-Mex is, really. But wouldn't you call Gilbert's Cal-Mex?

          1. re: mlgb

            That's more what I'd call Gilbert's. I think it's pretty hard to find tex-mex in LA.

    2. ditto on marix. ask for the "kick-ass margaritas". very busy for brunch.

      1. Since you're looking for drinks this likely isn't the place for your friends. I found this interesting place in Lennox. It's called Don Rogelio's Tex-Mex Restaurant at 10618 Inglewood Avenue. It's set so far back from the street you'd never see it unless you stop to look. It's like a tiny bright yellow house with some tables inside, but also there is lawn furniture on the lawn with some canopies, etc. You'd have to see it to believe it. I haven't had enough food to completely recommend it, but it's kind of a "locals only" type place. I had a burrito (chicken) and it was excellent and somewhat different than the ones I've eaten before. I tried the barbacoa the second time and it was good and tasty, but I thought perhaps the sauce could have been a touch hotter and less sweet. The meat was a little fatty though. The owner "Viola" is a true tex-mex lady and her son who is a contractor by trade is continually working on the location. If I get around to loading some of the photos, you'll see that it's a unique place. It's not fancy and more of a working man's type of place, but I thought it was pretty cool. The food struck me as home style, so I liked it. I've got to go back and will review it eventually.

        1. My favorite Mexican place is Lares on Pico. The margaritas are great, the menu is straightforward (though there are nice gems if they feel like extending their bounds). But you'll do just fine ordering enchiladas and fajitas and all that stuff. It's a family run joint with mariachi players and white linen on the tables. I had never eaten upstairs until recently, but really both floors offer a festive atmosphere.

          Lares Restaurant
          2909 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

          1. How about El Torito Grill in Beverly Hills? They make fresh tortillas that are delicious with the honey butter and salsa, and the food is pretty good in my opinion. I especially like the corn cakes that come with many of the meals. The tortilla soup is tasty too.