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Mar 16, 2008 12:28 PM

Sabor a México ~ Now Open

The new location for Sabor a Mexico, is now open. We went yesterday. It is more like a take out place, no indoor seating, you order thru a small window, and then you may take it to go, eat standing outside, or sitting at one of the three stools 'chained' close to one of the windows.
We end up not staying, since we wanted to be able to sit and enjoy their good and authentic Mexican food.
I really like Sabor a Mexico, I miss their huaraches and quesadillas, they are very authentic, and very good, but honestly at this location we didn't feel very comfortable sitting or standing outside.

2622 W Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles CA

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  1. Could you re-post the addy? HAs the ridiculous wait time gotten better? What did you order?

    Thanks for the heads up!

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        1. re: Diana

          Never made it there in the old location and just wondering--do they have any "healthy" choices? Non-fried stuff or salads or something?

          1. re: holleygolitely

            not really. The healthiest thing may be the vegetarian burrito, but that has lotsa beans with lard and stuff in it.

            Good Mexican food is rarely light on calories.

            but Sabor is oh so worth it!

    1. Saw this, and had to get over there today, have been hoping they would re-open while I was still in town!....mapquest failed me, but eventually I found it. Not really that bad of a drive from the west side (on a Sunday).

      A few general thoughts:

      The menu seems smaller than I remember, which would make sense given the small size of the place. In particular, no specials, and I didn't see chilaquiles on the menu. No caldo either, and didn't they use to have platos, enchiladas, that type of thing? (I've only been a few times). They do have menudo (weekends only), but mostly it is narrowed down to standard antojitos.

      Yes, I can see why the neighborhood would be uncomfortable. I was acosted by a homeless person while I waited for my order. OTOH, that happens all the time even in nicer neighborhoods in SF. And anyway, with today's wind, the one small (outside) table (two chairs, this is in addition to the few outdoor counter stools) would have been uncomfortable, so I got my order to go. A pity, since I think their food is best very fresh.

      All that said, I drove a few back streets in the neighborhood on my way home, and I must say, the houses all look very trim and well-cared for, so not sure the nabe is really as desolate as it seems at first glance. There is a lavandaria (self-serve laundry) next door if anyone wants to wash clothes and eat tacos. :-)

      But onto the important stuff: the food: I got two quesadillas DF and two tacos al pastor. The quesadillas (with squash blossom) were as good as I remember. I watched them take the masa and form it with the hand press...thank goodness!

      The tacos weren't as good: I had never had the tacos al pastor there, but have to say, they weren't that memorable: average pastor, cooked in advance, kept in a steam table type of thing, and then heated on the grill, and placed in packaged tortillas (which were dipped in oil of some type and then griddled). No cebolittas or any such: didn't they use to include those? Anyway, my order came up very quickly, but in the case of the tacos there may have been some sacrifice in quality (? not sure, someone who has had the al pastor before obviously would be a better judge).

      I've had two meals the last two days at Tacomiendo, (lunch yesterday and brunch today, hey, it is very close to my daughter's place :-)), and if my goal was only tacos (not those quesadillas estilo D.F.) I definitely wouldn't bother driving over to Sabor a Mexico: while Tacomiendo doesn't have al pastor, their carnitas and lengua are both very good to excellent and served in heavenly house made, grilled tortillas...(Not to mention the great salsa bar at Tacomiendo).

      I'd love to hear if Sabor a Mexico is going to do a taquero/taco cart type of thing on weekends in the new location, but I somehow doubt it....

      So, overall I don't think it is the destination it used to be for me, other than for the quesadillas. And those quesadillas make it worth the trip...

      My first taste of the quesadillas at Sabor a Mexico:

      11462 Gateway Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

      Sabor a Mexico
      2622 W Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018

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      1. re: susancinsf

        Is the address 2624 W Jefferson, or 2622? I see that the photo shows a "2622" on one of the doors.

        1. re: Cicely

          The Sign on the Old place pointed me to 2624 but you are right the New Place is 2622

        2. re: susancinsf

          Thanks so much Susan... the most beautiful SoM tacos were made on the weekend when they brought out the taco cart... :( I plan to visit the new location soon (Love those Quesadilla) but I'm so sad to see the menu so gutted....

          In the meantime, if you feel like great tacos in the neighborhood, we LOVE the Betos Tacos Truck near Redondo and Jefferson (Before you hit LA Brea heading east). The neighborhood is not that delightful either, and they are mostly there at night, but the guys will look out for you. :)

          1. re: Dommy

            Thanks for the tip...and I do look forward to your report when you get over to Sabor A Mexico to see what you think (I saw someone biking down Jefferson nearby and wondered if it was you! :-))

            Have to say, though, the more I reflect on my most recent meal there, the sadder I get.....

          2. re: susancinsf

            The adobado pork at Tacomiendo is very similar to al pastor, just not spit-roasted.

          3. Truly heartbreaking but, despite the positive vibe from the board, I always felt like Sabor was not long for this world. Just something about the place made it seem like it wasn't being supported by the neighborhood. I'll miss those D.F. specialties.

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            1. re: Frommtron

              well, gosh, just go and get some at the new location talked about in this very thread.

              1. re: Diana

                Perhaps I misunderstood, but it sounds as though the place aint what it used to be. Couple that with the fact that it was sliding downhill in the old location (especially once the taco cart service was nixed) and we lost what could have been something truly great.

                I gladly take your advice as an excuse to add even more tacos to my diet though.

            2. What happened to Sabor a Mexico? Did they open a new location yet? Or, are they still at their Jefferson Blvd location.
              Just curious!

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                1. re: Dommy

                  more importantly still good???

                  1. re: kevin

                    In some ways yes... in other ways no...

                    I still love the quesadillas. The follings are fresh and flavorful as ever with little grease...


                    The Al Pastor is still pretty tasty and full of spice!


                    But I was no impressed by their Sopes or Asada


                    The biggest issue though is that their new place has no Salsa Bar... and eating on an open sidewalk is not comfortable... I feel bad because I want to support them so they can get a real place again... but at the same time, often pass them up for some reason or another...


                    1. re: Dommy

                      I am sad to report Sabor a México is no longer at the last known address on Jefferson. I was cruising by wondering if they were around. There is a new place at 2622 W. Jefferson called Tacos Chapala Grill. Their hours are 9am to 9pm, seven days a week. There is an old oil barrel bbq in front of the place. Apparently they grill the meat in the morning and use it for the meals. I did try the grilled chicken tacos and the meat was kind of dry. You have your choice of soft or hard shell. The beans were sort of bland and the rice was okay. It came with some tomatillo sauce on the side. Less than 5 bucks (pre sales tax). Nothing too earth shattering on the menu. Acceptable, but not worth a major drive. Could be the fact they don't have enough customers yet. I will try to get out there again to see if they've gotten better. Nice enough people, but perhaps they've only just opened and not yet enough customers to help eat up the food . Phone # 323-602-9939.

                      Tacos Chapala
                      3205 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90804

                      933 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91202