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Sep 18, 2008 06:36 PM

Poquito Mas, better known as an upscale Baja Fresh, now open in Sherman Oaks

Yes, Poquito Mas finally opened the doors today at 13920 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks, basically across the street from McDonalds and 711 in the former Ventura Club building(About 3-4 blocks west of Woodman Avenue).
Reallllly looks nice, with about 50-60 seats, two tv screens with no sound going about 15 minutes ago, and per their menu, nothing over $9.95, with most items much less. for menu details.
No beer/wine/tequila here, however.

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  1. I've always found their food to be just so-so, kind of flavorless...I don't know, maybe it's me, but I'd take Baja Fresh over PM any day. Their food is just tastier.

    I have eaten at both the Burbank and Studio City PM locations, don't know if there's any difference, or if this new one (since it's in my backyard) might be worth one visit?

    Carter, and others, what do you order from PM? Maybe I just have been ordering the wrong thing!

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    1. re: GK in SO

      Yeah, I actually prefer Baja Fresh over Poquito Mas because Poquito Mas is flavorless, despite the fact that I agree Poquito Mas is an upscale Baja Fresh.

      1. re: GK in SO

        Poquito Mas on Magnolia used to be my favorite Mexican in the area, but it's gone way downhill while Baja Fresh remains reliable.

        Do any of the PMs have wine and beer? I know NH and SC don't ...

        1. re: maxzook

          Yes, Torrance, Woodland Hills, Olympic/Westwood Blvds in WLA, and Valencia town center area in Santa Clarita.
          Funny, I find their salsas much more flavorful than those at Baja Fresh. Think Chipotle does both of them one up, though.
          As to ingredients, PM has good ingredients with fresh tortillas and good salsas - good chow!
          Maybe a bit sanitary for some, especially if you are used to the taco truck taste.

          1. re: carter

            Well, it's nice they finally got something into that building, but I'm not a fan of Poquito Mas. I used to eat at the one on Westwood Blvd. every now and again when I worked in the area, but I never really liked it too much. Not such good chow, IMO. What's going into the old Barone's block on Ventura? Any restaurants?

            1. re: Debbie W

              Doubtful anything in this economy. Cannot fund any project unless from internal financing. Now if Whole Foods bought it and was just building its own grocery store on the site...

              1. re: Debbie W

                what carter said...City entitlements approved in '05 for mixed use residential and commercial with 10,500 sf supposedly dedicated for restaurant guess we're all still waiting to see what new Italian or sushi place will open on the boulevard...

        2. I prefer Sharky's (SEC Burbank @ Fulton) over both Poquito Mas and Baja Fresh. The salsas really excel.

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          1. re: Dogbite Williams

            Ditto, ditto and ditto. I find PM flavorless and not like the old days. Baja is reliable, but I'm also liking some things at La Salsa too. But Sharkey's tends to be my favorite place.

            1. re: compucook

              Baja and La Salsa are now under the same ownership!

            2. re: Dogbite Williams

              I want to like Sharky's but their food is SO salty...including their otherwise very good salsas.

              As for Poquito Mas, I find their food overall devoid of flavor...they seem to miss the mark for me.

            3. Their burritos and chips are pretty good for what they are, but their salsas are worthelss.

              1. The only thing I've tried at PM is their Ahi Burrito, and have enjoyed them everytime. Not sure about anything else there.

                1. Not exactly a significant improvement on the south valley Mexican scene. For the area, I think people would be better served driving over to Kester and Magnolia to Pico Pica Rico or going up Hazeltine to Oxnard and Tacos El Jerezano.