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May 15, 2002 12:08 PM

Coming to LA in search of great Mexican food

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I will be in LA at the end of May and am desperately in search of great Mexican food. I am a vegetarian (dairy-friendly), so I am looking for some vegetarian options. I would really appreciate your suggestions!

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  1. Hopefully, Samo or one of our vegans will have some suggestions. How pure are your intentions? Are you excluding all fish, chicken, etc.? With Mexican food there is often a lard issue. You might call Border Grill, 310/451-1655, Ciudad, 213/486-5171, (both run by the 2 Hot Tamales) and La Serenata Gourmet, 310/441-9667, and see to what extent they can accomodate you. The healthiest chain is Poquito Mas which has a number of stores on the Westside. There's a minichain, Kay N Dave's, which claims to be healthy, but tastes lousy (no lard) and serves meat, fish, etc. The trend of the past year or so has been Oaxacan food and there are several such places, the best known and biggest being Guelaguetza at 3014 W. Olympic Blvd., almost downtown. Let us know what you try and how it hits you.

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    1. re: mc michael
      wow i'm a dog

      I hear Border Grill adds lard to their rice; I don't know about their beans though. I don't care for their rice anyway, so it's not an issue.

      Try their Mulitas de Hongos (grilled portabello mushrooms layered with guacamole, cheese, black beans, and poblanos; served with roasted garlic tomato sauce and seared greens). I can't stand their vegetarian plate though; it just isn't interesting or flavorful.

      I am a vegetarian living in LA and would very much appreciate any suggestions, too.

      Border Grill
      1445 4th Street
      Santa Monica, CA 90401

      Monday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
      Tuesday - Thursday 11:30am - 10:00pm
      Friday - Saturday 11:30am - 11:00pm
      Sunday 11:30am - 10:00pm


    2. Alegria on Sunset in Silver Lake has a good selection of vegetarian items and creative dishes. It's a small, unpretentious, homey spot with fresh fruit drinks but no beer or wine, reasonably priced and very popular with people in the neighborhood.

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      1. re: Patty

        Patty beat me to it. One note-they do allow BYOB.