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Jun 19, 2008 09:42 AM

Michelada in LA?

The discussion of michelada's got my craving:

I live in Silver Lake so where can I find a Mexican beer place? Guelegetza (on Pico maybe) has a great beer tomato clam drink but where else?

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  1. Any real Mexican restaurant with a beer license can make you one... I've even had them at La Serenata de Garibaldi.

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      The best I've had in LA believe it or not was at Chaya Venice.

      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        Thanks. I hate feeling like a douche when I'm ordering -- like the one time at In&Out I tried ordering off the "secret menu" and the girl was all like "what are you talking about?"

        Any divey place that you can recommend that specializes in Mexican beer cocktails?

        1. re: Hershey Bomar

          I'm pretty sure that In N Out doesn't have Mexican beer cocktails on their Secret Menu. But assuming you're willing to go beyond In N Out, I've got a serious recommendation for you...

          Juquila on Santa Monica Blvd. in West LA mixes a mean michelada. They'll make it with any beer you choose (though I think they're best w. light bodied brews), and serve it in a heavy, frosted beer mug rimmed with pico de gallo and dressed with a fat wedge of lime.

      2. As DA said,you can find them at any Mexican restaurant with a liquor license, and also at Central-American restaurants with a Mexican clientele.There are many recipes, but I always make sure they make it with Clamato which is the way it is usually served when I have one in Mexico.There is also the chelada without Clamato or tomato sauce.Choice of beer also makes a difference; I like using a clara like Pacifico.

        Humble Mexican seafood places where the raza dine seem to always be the best for micheladas, like our Mariscos Colima here in the Valley.Truly a cocktail of the proletariat, and a favorite of mine.

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        1. re: streetgourmetla

          Lumpenproletariat -- great name for a bar.

          Thanks for helping out.

        2. I have an aversion to clam juice and tomato juice. I stick to the simple Michelda ie. only beer, lime juice and salt! Yumm!
          Places that serve my choice of Michelda closer to your area that I have had would be Barrigans in Echo Park, La Cabinita in North Glendale and Villa Sombrero in Highland Park. I think they would all do the style you are looking ( as DU stated any place with a license), but alas not the hole in the walls you may be looking for...?
          Only serving simple style, Chicen Itza (MacArthur Park location).

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          1. re: LaLa Eat

            Chichen Itza serves michelada's (tobasco etc) and chelada' s (lime salt). I wasn't crazy about either or the food. Habenero salsa wasn't that so hot.

            Friendly but poor service -- they forget part of are order so they comp'd it. Older crowd. Valet parking and plenty of street parking after 7 pm.

            1. At the York on weekends Brenda can make you a nice Michelada of her own special mix (the Clamato version) with the beer on the side.
              It's great and refreshing.

            2. La Cita downtown has them if you are looking for a bar atmosphere.