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Apr 21, 2008 05:50 PM

Mexican Food/Margaritas in the Valley?

Looking for a rec for a Saturday night Mexican dinner with good Margaritas somewhere in the valley for a fun group.



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  1. Amaranta Cocina, good margaritas, great food, and LOTS of tequilas.

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    1. re: slacker

      This is odd to say, but there really aren't many good sit down Mexican palces in the valley. The best food is from stands or little hole in the wall places. These places don't have margaritas.

      I'm glad we finallly have Amaranta, and it is getting goodish reviews. The food, however, just doesn't match that great stuff you can get in the tiny places.

    2. I second Amaranta in Topanga Mall. They have the most awesome drinks (margaritas, sangria, etc.). However, the food is not authentic Mexican food. It's good, but you need to know what to order. I've had the chili relleno (not traditional, more fusion) and fish tacos (too sweet with pineapple salsa, again fusion). If you go in expecting that, you will be okay. I really liked their skirt steak fajitas, soups, and shrimp. Also, it is pretty pricey for Mexican food ($15 to $20 for entrees, $7-8 for soup)

      Another rec would be Sol y Luna although the food is spotty. It's more traditional, but sometimes the food is too salty and other times bland, but some nights they are very good.

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      1. re: WHills

        I agree that "Sol y Luna" is good but I didn't really think it was worth my 45 minute wait. Plus you might have a hard time hearing each other given the nights crowd.

      2. Los Toros in Chatsworth has lethal margaritas and killer bean dip. The rest of the food is just okay.

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        1. re: jencounter

          Yeah the bean dip was better then my meal when I went, it is a lively atmosphere though, the bar is always full on fridays/saturdays.

          1. re: OkieDoQui

            My husband just loves the fact that you can get almost anything on the menu with a fried egg on top.

            I make better mexican at home, but I don't put an egg on top.

        2. I don't know where in the valley you are looking, but I would also suggest Don Cuco's in Toluca Lake or Casa Vega in Sherman Oaks. Not the best mexican food but fun atmosphere and pretty good food. I don't think either take reservations so be prepared to wait a bit for your table, both have bars with good margaritas.

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          1. re: CarlieInLA

            I like Casa Vega for their strange ambience and potential celeb spotting .I saw Jessica Simpson with Tony Romo last time I was there. But the food was not worth the price tag IMO. I do like the nachos though.

            1. re: ReelMike84

              I especially like Casa Vega for lunch in the dark and so cool. Like stepping into a cinema with drinks.

              1. re: rednyellow

                I agree... a hot summer afternoon/evening at Casa Vega makes me happy. Their margaritas [on the rocks] are the way to go. I keep my order simple, guacamole to start, fresh flour tortilla chips and chili con queso if i am in a sinful mood. The salsa is a red spicy sauce. Excellent. The main course is a burrito with mole sauce on top. [The burritos are massive and can be shared by 2] It never disappoints.

                You cannot make reservations and it's usually busy in the evening [any day of the week]. Get a beeper from the hostess and enjoy a margarita (or 2) at the bar. NOTE: the hostess usually gives a wait time about 3 times longer than you will actually wait for a seat.

                If I want AMAZING Mexican I trek out to Silverlake for Allegria on Sunset.

            2. re: CarlieInLA

              Casa Vega is not good Mexican is not any kind of good food. The place is overpriced and the only saving grace is that the place is so dark that you can't see the bland and disgusting food you are being served. I would eat at Del Taco before I would go to Casa Vega.

              1. re: carriedushey

                I actually like it when I want sloppy, fake, mexican food!

            3. Hey everybody, I'm new here and love this forum already. What a great resource. I have to completely disagree with Diana. Though it is nothing fancy, my favorite Mexican restaurant resides in Reseda. Its called Las Fuentes. Roughly 1 block east of Reseda Blvd. on Vanowen St.. The food is very authentic, not to mention delicious, offers a great atmosphere and alcoholic drinks are available. I believe they offer margaritas but never noticed because we always grab beers instead. The place can get crowded and parking is not so great. However, you will not be disappointed.

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              1. re: ChowinDown

                The food at Las Fuentes is very good (and you're new so you don't know that Las Fuentes generally gets good notices on this board) but it's not a sit down restaurant with table service. I'm under the impression that the O.P. wants a table service type of place. I don't think Las Fuentes has margaritas either. It can be hard to find a table if it's crowded which it usually seems to be. But I still like it. And I tend to agree with Diana. Lately we've been going to Mucho Mas in Burbank and the drinks and food are decent enough, but I would kill for a Lindo Michoacan (a Vegas restaurant)-type place here in the SFV, with drinks and a wide-ranging menu and homemade corn and flour tortillas.

                1. re: Debbie W

                  I don't know at all if it's related but the place two doors down from my regular coffee shop in Anaheim is called Lindo Michoacan #3. It looks tasty, but I've never actually set foot.

                  1. re: Das Ubergeek

                    I don't think it's related but I suppose you could ask if so inclined. There's a chain of "Michoacan" restaurants in Vegas - Lindo, Bonita, Viva, maybe one more that I'm forgetting. Sit down places with bars and decent food though I've only been to Lindo and Bonita. My husband and I often comment that we'd eat there once a week if it was near our house as opposed to 300 miles away. Sadly, what's near our house is Casa Vega.

                2. re: ChowinDown

                  Las Fuentes does not offer table service. Nice place, though. Light years ahead of others

                  1. re: ChowinDown

                    I love Las Fuentes! Their carnitas burrito is really good. They do serve beer, but no margaritas.