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gordita May 7, 2008 11:41 AM

Need fun place for mothers day. No Ernies/El Cholo types. Something unusual. Not on westside. Go to it hounds!

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    gordita May 7, 2008 07:34 PM

    Thanks fellow hounds, I'll follow up on suggestions!

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    1. re: gordita
      Eat_Nopal May 9, 2008 11:06 AM

      Stop.... the best place to meet your requirements will be to go the Mercadito in East L.A. Its a fairly authentic style Mercado with 3 stories... casual food vendors, herbalists, meat markets, seafood markets etc & dry goods in the first two stories... then 4 restaurants with Mariachi bands going 24/7

      El Mercado De Los Angeles
      3425 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90063

      1. re: Eat_Nopal
        Mr Taster May 9, 2008 11:14 AM

        But if it's authentically Mexican, how can it be the sort of American kitsch it sounds like the OP is looking for?

        By the way, this sounds like a great place... I'm going to mark it down on my "to try" list

        Mr Taster

        1. re: Mr Taster
          Eat_Nopal May 9, 2008 11:30 AM

          Trust me.... its kitsch... its more subtle than going to Olvera Street.... but if you have been to Mexico you would still recognize the kitsch. Notice how I said... its authentic style... and indeed there is alot of authenticity there.... but there is still something fundamentally unique to the Mercadito that you wouldn't find in Mexico... its that intersection between a majority sub-culture of Rural, uneducated, poor Mexicans who have now adapted to life in the U.S. with its big shiny new trucks, playing Narco-corridos, fancy belt buckles & boots... there is something very flashy, very American, very Texas in your face about Mexican sub-culture in East L.A. that is the complete opposite of more humble, dignified, calm Mexico.... yet it still has a Mexican flair & flavor to it.

          1. re: Eat_Nopal
            Mr Taster May 9, 2008 12:20 PM

            Wow-- what a fascinating picture you have painted of this place, and an interesting analysis of Mexican-American culture. Certainly I can appreciate the Mexican kitsch factor you describe... in fact I think you've convinced me to head there this weekend. In my opinion however, it just didn't sound to me like something the op's mom was looking for (based on her Ernie's/El Cholo baseline, I'm guessing the mercadito would be outside her comfort zone)

            Mr Taster

            1. re: Mr Taster
              gordita May 10, 2008 12:18 PM

              Yea, outside mother's comfort zone but not mine...Chance are we're going to end up at a crappy place for lunch today. Sad.

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      PayOrPlay May 7, 2008 12:15 PM

      I haven't been in years, but maybe someone else knows--what's Gardens of Taxco like these days?

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      1. re: PayOrPlay
        Obessed May 7, 2008 12:29 PM

        I was just going to recommend Gardens of Taxco. It's still the same, I think...no menus with the "besssstt mole in tooowwwnnn"

        Other options: Velvet Margarita, El Sid in Silverlake.

        1. re: Obessed
          Emme May 7, 2008 12:49 PM

          i always think of velvet margarita as the drunken younger crowd, though i can't guess what it'll be like on mom's day...

          1. re: Obessed
            Mr Taster May 7, 2008 01:04 PM

            Oh yes, Gardens of Taxco fits "kitschy", "fun" and "unusual" like a snug, warm glove. It's exactly what gordita is looking for.

            "De chicken was borrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrn in the sauce."

            Mr Taster

            Gardens of Taxco
            1113 N. Harper Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90046

            1. re: Mr Taster
              bluemonster May 8, 2008 04:10 PM

              The Gardens of Taxco was my first thought, too.

              For something different, the Yucatanean restaurant Chichen Itza is doing a Mother's Day thing thise year.

              Chichen Itza
              2501 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

            2. re: Obessed
              nikky May 7, 2008 01:46 PM

              Gardens of Taxco is a great call. Casa Vega in Sherman Oaks may also fit the bill.

          2. Emme May 7, 2008 12:05 PM

            La Parilla maybe?

            Frida in BH is kind of fun, but not really kitschy at all.

            La Serenata de Garabaldi has the historical tradition to it.

            I think Babita would be a nice choice, but probably not what you're seeking in terms of kitsch.

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            1. re: Emme
              SilverlakeGirl May 7, 2008 07:16 PM

              There is now a Frida in the new Americana at Brand in Glendale ... according to the AAB's site.

              1. re: Emme
                WildSwede May 8, 2008 04:21 PM

                First thought in my head is La Parilla - the one on Cesar Chavez is the most kitchy.

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                nick_r May 7, 2008 11:57 AM

                El Coyote!

                1. Chowpatty May 7, 2008 11:56 AM

                  Maria's Ramada near Hollywood might be a fun choice. No real tequila though, if that's a consideration, just wine margaritas.

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