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Barragan's & Guantanamera in Burbank-worth a visit?

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Thorn Jan 7, 2008 09:48 AM

I know they're both "old school" and am in the mood for that, so are these restos worth going to? If not, would appreciate your recommendations.

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    pudd RE: Thorn Jan 7, 2008 02:23 PM

    Barragan's is decent on Monday nights when they have dollar taco's, otherwise their food is not very good.

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      Cubancoffee RE: Thorn Jan 7, 2008 05:07 PM

      Visited Barragans a few weeks ago for the first (and last) time. Utterly forgettable, lowest-common-denominator fake Mexican, drowned in melted cheese with obligatory "Spanish" rice and beans -- though the service was good. I'd recommend any taco truck over this place.

      1. maxzook RE: Thorn Jan 7, 2008 05:40 PM

        Oh, man, I hate Barragan's. Even Acapulco is better.

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        3113 W Olive Ave, Burbank, CA 91505

        1. ipsedixit RE: Thorn Jan 7, 2008 06:51 PM

          I concur with the others on Barragans -- very bad, Americanized Mexican. But Barragan's will always hold a special place in my heart for purely sentimental reason.

          Worth a visit? In a word, no. Not unless you are going there for reasons other than the food.

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            Bon Vivant RE: ipsedixit Jan 7, 2008 08:55 PM

            I too have sentimental feelings for Barragan's. Back in the day (and I'm talking when I was a toddler) it was a great Mexican-American restaurant. But I noticed that it started going downhill in the early 90s. They used to have great Ranchera sauce for their huevos and enchiladas but they got rid of it and started sauteeing peppers in their bad red enchilada sauce (which they changed for the worse in the 80s) and called it ranchera sauce. Feh!

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            omakase RE: Thorn Jan 8, 2008 01:24 AM

            I love Barragan's Chorizo Nachos!! A margarita, chorizo nachos, and I'm good to go.

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              ilovegrub RE: Thorn Jan 8, 2008 09:00 AM

              I would skip Barragan's and go to Alfredo's Granada, which is very close (it's at 1100 Victory, basically in the wierd triangle area where Victory and Burbank veer off from each other). Same "old school" but much better food.

              I don't know anything about Guantanamera.

              1. Das Ubergeek RE: Thorn Jan 8, 2008 08:40 PM

                Guantanamera is very, very slow but is actually one of the better Cuban options in the Valley.

                Barragan's is vomitous. Alfredo's Granada ditto. In point of fact, Alfredo's Granada ranks right up there with Casa Escobar in Santa Monica for Mexican Food You Could Beat In Minot. If you absolutely must eat Mexican in Burbank, go to Bahia Caporales on Magnolia, or to one of the two places (El Tapatio and Don Diego) on San Fernando and Alameda.

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                  RaeRenee RE: Das Ubergeek Jan 9, 2008 10:38 AM

                  I wasn't impressed with Don Diego. Maybe it's what I ordered. What do you recommend there?

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                  RaeRenee RE: Thorn Jan 9, 2008 10:36 AM

                  Barrigans is good for Monday night dollar tacos or Wednesday night $2 margaritas. That's it. I was really unimpressed overall.

                  However, if you're willing to make a short drive, there is a great, hidden gem in Glendale on Glenoaks called Casa de Ramos. The owner is there almost every night, and they will let you special order almost anything. Their All Chile Verde burrito is *crazy* delicious and is only $8.95. I got the Carnitas last week with a side order of sauteed onions and it was ridiculously delicious. The fajitas are always good too, and more than any one person can possibly eat in one sitting.

                  My boyfriend and I actually go there at least once a month - it's our Mexican restaurant.

                  You can actually order soft tacos a la carte and get flour tortillas instead of corn, if that's what you like - I used to get 1 chicken soft taco with flour tortillas and paid $2.95 and was STUFFED b/c they put SO MUCH chicken on there that I had to separate the tortillas and turn it into 2 tacos. That being said, the chicken wasn't spicy at all, but the salsa was. :)

                  When I first checked this place out, I was wicked poor - but Adam and I could eat there with tip included for less than $20 and leave stuffed and happy. My only complaint about the place is that it's not open for lunch.

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                  827 W Glenoaks Blvd, Glendale, CA 91202

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